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QUESTION: You and Gemma Arterton have great chemistry on screen in Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time. That must have helped in the scenes where your characters banter together?
JAKE GYLLENHAAL:
Oh definitely! Those scenes I think were the best written and the most fun to play. They came so naturally and we shot them so fast. It was unfortunate that the ended so quickly. We might spend a month on an action scene and half a day on that scene (with Gemma). We would nail it and move on. She and I had a sort of tit for that thing. The first time we met she looked at me as though she was unimpressed and I looked at her like…’You should be! Why aren’t you?’…(joked). So that was it from the beginning, there was no acting required.

QUESTION: The weather in Morocco during filming was supposed to be so hot and sandy that it was almost like having sand in your mouth all the time?
JAKE GYLLENHAAL:
It was not that bad. It was ok. It was hot but it was fun. The desert is really cleansing…the sand exfoliates your skin….and there is a nice warm dry sun and you are sweating.

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Although it’s based on a popular UbiSoft videogame franchise, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Shrek Forever After. And after garnering lukewarm reviews as well, the chances for a sequel are extremely iffy. Even Jake Gyllenhaal, the prince himself, is a bit non committal about returning for another installment, and instead offers this rather politically correct comment: Click to hear Audio Interview


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There’s always a chance of a sequel with a Jerry Bruckheimer production and in the case of this weekend’s opening film “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” consider Jake Gyllenhaal and femme co-star Gemma Arterton already signed up.

“I loved being a part of the movie. It is an incredible world, so if that were an opportunity, I would definitely take it,” Gyllenhaal tells the Press Association. Gemma, in her interview with MovieWeb, exclaims, “We made it two years ago and I feel refreshed. So if they wanted to do another one, which I’m sure as it is hinted at (towards the end of the film) that there are many different avenues that it can go down.”

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When it comes to Jordan Mechner’s Prince of Persia videogame franchise, there are legions of fans around the globe who have followed the heroic Prince from his rudimentary origin, as a 2D side-scrolling action adventure game on the Apple II computer, to his recent 3D re-invention in Ubisoft Montreal's acclaimed Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

It was the enduring success of the franchise, which has sold over 14 million copies globally, that prompted Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean) to come on board as executive producer of the Disney film adaptation. His first move was to hire Mechner to draft the screenplay – a Hollywood first.

“We really set out to make a movie that you didn’t need to be a videogamer to appreciate -- it’s really a movie for everyone,” said Mechner, who recently worked with Ubisoft on the fourth game in The Sands of Time franchise, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. “But at the same time, for people who have played Prince of Persia games there are a lot of moments that gamers can pick up on.”

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Since its release, the video game franchise Prince of Persia has become notable for the acrobatic grace of its dagger-wielding, balloon pants-wearing hero as well as for what the games didn't do: affront gamers of Middle Eastern and Muslim descent with stereotypical depictions of people from the region as terrorists or religious zealots.

Independent filmmaker and blogger Jehanzeb Dar, to name one such player, remembers his favorable first reaction to the swashbuckling action game, which is set amid the sands and ancient cities of Persia (as ancient Iran is known) and follows a hero with a magic sword caught between forces of good and evil. "You could see clearly the protagonist had distinct Middle Eastern features and darker skin," said Dar, 26, who pens the blog Muslim Reverie from Langhorne, Pa. "People could develop some respect for that culture instead of seeing it vilified."

So when Disney studios announced plans for a live-action adaptation of Prince, Dar held out hope it would be a "serious story that would dispel a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions." Then came the bad news regarding "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" (the movie which arrives in theaters on Friday). None of its principle cast members are of Iranian, Middle Eastern or Muslim descent. And playing Dastan, the hero and titular heir to the Persian throne in the $200-million tent-pole film, is none other than Hancock Park's own Swedish-Jewish-American prince, Jake Gyllenhaal.

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