A Minute With: Jake Gyllenhaal on "Prince of Persia"

Thu May 27, 2010 9:17am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Actor Jake Gyllenhaal goes blockbuster in his latest movie "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," an adaptation of the video game series which hits U.S. movie theatres on Friday.

In the film, estimated to have cost $150-200 million to make, Gyllenhaal plays Dastan, a boy adopted by King Sharaman who becomes embroiled in a quest to protect a magic dagger that can access mysterious sands capable of turning back time.

The special effects-laden, action-packed adventure is directed by Mike Newell and also stars Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina and Gemma Arterton.

Gyllenhaal, 29, sat down with Reuters in London recently to speak about the role.

Q: You are best known for edgy, dark film roles. Why are you doing Prince of Persia, and why now?

A: "I think it was about time I stopped taking myself so seriously, and I think to learn as an actor and as any artist that there are different facets to what you do.

"I have been told often that I have a good sense of humor and the slew of movies that I've done, starting with this movie to the movie I just did with Anne Hathaway ("Love and Other Drugs") and then a movie I just did with Duncan Jones ("Source Code") all have incorporated that sense of humor and a sense of fun, and I think a sense of real entertainment. Those were the movies that I loved always when I was a kid. I loved Indiana Jones. There were movies I remember that were told for children or the child-like part of ourselves. Some of them are really dark, some of them are light, I consider this (Prince of Persia) as sort of lighter, but that's what I wanted to do, I wanted to tell a story and be in a story that was great fun.

"When I was a little younger, and I did start (acting) so young, I think you tend to try and be a little bit more of what you think other people might want or what people might consider to be interesting. And then I think I found that I've just decided to do what I find interesting. That doesn't mean I'm not going to do films that are darker later on."   Continued...

<p>U.S. actor Jake Gyllenhaal poses for a photograph at his hotel in central London May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez</p>