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Jake Gyllenhaal lights up 'Prince of Persia'

May 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jake Gyllenhaal faces the women of "Sex and the City" for your box office buck.Jake Gyllenhaal turns into an action hero for "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

There's adventure, romance and even comedy, and Jake loved it all.

He grew to love the daring elements involved with making this movie.

"You know, the first 35-foot, 40-foot jump on a wire without much practice is scary," Jake said.

"It does just get fun and it gets, unfortunately, dangerously more and more fun, and then you want to do it without a wire and then you jump farther, and then everybody's flipping out and then you're getting phone calls from Jerry Bruckheimer, like, 'Please, this is why we have stunt men,'" Jake said.

To play the role, Jake needed to be in peek physical condition.

When Eyewitness News entertainment reporter George Pennacchio tried to throw him a curve ball, he caught it and threw it back with more comedy.

"The people who gave you these prosthetic muscles on your arms did a fantastic job," said George.

"We had an incredible crew of prosthetic people every day. I was in the chair from, you know, 3:30 in the morning until at least 6 in the morning. It was a three and a half hour process. You'll see the extras in the DVD," Jake joked.

Jake could handle the drama and the physicality of the role, but certain aspects of filming were less than ideal. He said he ingested so much desert sand that it felt like it became embedded in his DNA.

"It found its way into every divot and crack that a human body has," he said.

"Prince of Persia" is rated PG-13. It opens Friday.


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