The magic of film often lies in its ability to make the unimaginable real; the distant closer and bring us into a sense of kinship with our fellow human beings. I respect and admire those people who work in film, not for fame or purely mercenary motives but for aspirational and idealistic reasons - they use their art as a medium to challenge preconceptions; invoke our compassion or incite a righteous anger at injustice.
Jake Gyllenhaal is one actor who prides himself on artistic integrity. A while ago he was quoted as saying "Aren't movies made to have something to say? Why make a movie if you don't have something to say? What are you doing it for? Are you doing it because you want to make a lot of money?"
And he has found something to say. Recently Mr Gyllenhaal has been busy promoting his latest film " Love and Other Drugs" in which he plays a Viagra Salesman who falls in love with a girl with Parkinsons Disease. Not your average romance, a typically quirky and challenging choice for the offbeat actor. I have not seen the film, nor do I wish to offer any opinions about it here.
What is bizarre and thought provoking, however, is Mr Gyllenhaal's comments in a recent interview where he discusses family values and reveals his most earnest hopes for this latest film which are : "young people will see this movie and see that love and sex can actually be connected." (Italics mine).
Now this is not beyond the realms of belief is it? Or has it become so for a portion of society?