March 30, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal says secret of “Persia” success is shampoo, conditioner


Hollywoodnews.com: It can’t be easy getting in shape to play one of the summer movie season’s most physical heroes. Yet when Jake Gyllenhaal sat down in London to discuss his workout regiment and acting approach to the upcoming blockbuster “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” he revealed the keys to his preparation. They might surprise you.

“It took me six months to grow [long hair], which was the hardest part of it all,” Gyllenhaal told the British newspaper Metro as the film held its world premiere Sunday night. “It was harder to grow the hair than do the accent or to swordfight.”

In the film, which is directed by Mike Newell and adapted from a popular video game series, Gyllenhaal plays Dastan, an adventurous prince who must stop the evil Nizam (Sir Ben Kingsley) from unleashing a devastating sandstorm.

And what are his main tools?

“It was shampoo and conditioner,” Gyllanhaal joked, still referencing his hair. “Not a two-in-one – because the physique was developed by vigorous scrubbing and rubbing of the scalp with shampoo.”

Yes, his hair care helped develop his toned physique. “That really worked the bicep area and if you really focus on the core while you are doing it, your abs get totally ripped up,” Gyllenhaal said.

“Prince of Persia” will be in theaters May 28.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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