Gyllenhaal Likes The "Riskier" Side Of A Game-Based Movie
The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "Prince of Persia" movie may become the first great (or at least decent) big-screen adaptation of a popular video game franchise. But do you think lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal is a good fit?
Well, listen to what he has to say before making a decision. GeekSugar interviewed the Oscar-nominated actor and they spoke about why he opted to do the movie, his childhood gaming habits, and how great stories supersede fancy technology like 3D. Obviously, this role requires a good deal of acrobatic ability and some good old-fashioned comedy and cockiness; those familiar with the PoP series know all about these traits of the protagonist. Said Gyllenhaal on what initially drew him to this project:
"There are a lot of things. One was the character, 'cause for me, whenever I choose a movie it's the character. I thought — at least as it was written — [Prince Dasdan] was wry and funny and had a good time, but at the same time kicked some ass. But then I also like the idea that it was based on a video game. I like to do things that people have tried their hand at and haven't succeeded. Maybe it's a riskier thing to do, but I like that. And I knew that there would be a huge audience of people that I would be trying to appease and that kinda turned me on too. And we're bringing it to younger kids, kids who have never played the video game before and never experienced it."
The actor said he did play the original PoP but he's not a big gamer these days, although he does spend some time playing the Wii during his downtime. And when he was a kid, he said he "really loved Metroid" and "Zelda was super dope;" he even mentioned that classic gold casing. As for 3D, he added some interesting commentary involving story, in that without a good storyline, the technology really won't matter. We'd have to agree and we do have high hopes for the movie...maybe it can start a trend reversal. Cross your fingers.
4/6/2010 12:28:26 PM Ben Dutka