Illustration for article titled Chesty Jake Vs. The Ostriches

Prince of Persia actor Jake Gyllenhaal has been working out, getting in shape. He's buff! But he's still no match for ostriches. Ostriches will mess you up, yo.


If they don't stick their head in the sand.

Gyllenhaal recalls one scene in the flick with real live ostriches — "not CG ostriches." According to Jake and his chest, "There's not a CG'ed ostrich in this movie. They're all real ostriches, highly paid, and we were all briefed on them for weeks before like 'They're these massive destructive creatures that can tear your heart out with their claws.'"


Jake was shaking in his boots, he says. His chest was afraid, too.

"One of my stuntmen was in the ring with them, and finally," he says, "I was like, 'When am I going to be in a fucking cage with ostriches again in my life? I gotta get in here!' So I got in there and they were the sweetest things."

The bird were, most likely, hypnotized by his chest. Gyllenhaal adds that he hopes the ostriches come back for reshoots or the second Prince of Persia movie: "Well, hopefully ostriches will come back again... either in reshoots or hopefully in a second one."

There's going to be another Prince of Persia movie? Hope they call it, Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow, the Flame and the Ostriches.


Prince of Persia On Set Interviews: Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton [Slash Film]

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