In the Hollywood version of video game Prince of Persia, Jake Gyllenhaal plays
Prince Dastan. How did he get ready to play the part?
Preparation for the role began when Gyllenhaal was a small boy. "I used to play the side-scrolling version of The Prince of Persia on the first Mac computer in elementary school," the actor recently said. "And then I took a 20-year hiatus from the game."
Once he got the part (as an adult), he began training for his role. "It's a very difficult form of research," Gyllenhaal wryly stated. "Playing the game three or four times a day and getting paid to exercise-it was really tough."
He also practiced taking his shirt off over and over and over again. Acting, folks, acting!
Gyllenhaal, co-star Gemma Arterton and Gyllenhaal's chest have all signed on for another Prince of Persia flick.
Jake Gyllenhaal's Prince-ly Secret: Playing Video Games [E! Online via Game Culture]