Colette Bennett writes: "I had a bit of a crush on Jake Gyllenhaal back when he did Donnie Darko, but considering my burning love for the film, I figured it could have just been intensified by it."
Why can't they cast a PERSIAN guy to be the prince. This guy look like a Californian surfer dude or worst, a hobo.
Didn't you know? the core demographic of 18 -30 year old white males will refuse to watch a film with a non-white actor in the main-blah blah blah kill me now. I hate cynical Hollywood, I'm sure if they did cast someone of a, shall we say, duskier hue they'd still get their money. Only a few idiots would refuse to watch it. Some argue that its just because he's a big name. Ask yourself why they are hardly any big names that do fit the bill visually. Personally I'd cast Mazhar Munir from Syriana. He looked way more suitable.
they did audition persian actors, but im guessing none of them were up to snuff to be playing in a big budget hollywood movie
Talent comes before ethnicity...
They should have cast, damn I forgot his name. The former Iraqi repubilcan guard off Lost. Saheed is it? I think so. Good Actor, strong body, dark enough to play someone from anywhere in that region. Face it, were not smart enough to know any different. He would be my pick. When I think of Jake, I just think of butt sex.
Jake's got his work cut out for him if he wants to convincingly play 'courageous' and 'noble', I just don't think he's capable of it.
"Talent comes before ethnicity..." No, white actors come before everyone else. Why in Stuck (a film based on a true story apparently) did they get Mena Suvari instead of a black woman? Why was The Last Samurai white? Why in the only major budget film about slavery in the last 10 years was there no black characters apart of one token minority? Why is the main character in The Children of Huang Shi white? Why in near enough every World War II movie are there no commonwealth or African American fighters? Its not like they weren't there. Oh and don't forget Notting Hill (and every romcom that exists in a completely whitewashed universe). Whoever wrote that has either never been to Notting Hill, or has some serious issues. I wouldn't care if there were any major movies that flipped this around but I can barely think of anything. Ethnic minorities have to play either outdated stereotypes or raceless side characters.
Can we please not bring race into this.
Actually ancient Persians were of a different ethnicity than the majority of modern Iranians. So there were blond blue eyed Persians. Not that Jake is blond haired, blue eyed, but casting a modern Iranian wouldn't necessarily be the best choice. I don't know exactly what an ancient Persian used to look like (I'm no expert), but I know enough from history that some of the Zoroastrian races that lived in Persia were white (or whitish)...
jtucker78 is right. Ancient Persians are actually no different from Europeans. They were Indo-European Aryans so they we're actually blonde and stuff. There are still alot of Indo-European Aryans living in northern Iran.
While the Persian peoples are very diverse, the whole push for the idea of the blond/blue haired variety being the norm seems very similar to the idea lot of race 'realists' (look them up, they're a bunch of idiots) use to explain away why the ancient Egyptians achieved stuff without being white (They argue that ancient Egyptians did loads of great stuff because they were actually white). I myself have a background in Turkic/Mongolian and Persian ancestry and EVERYONE in my family is dark. Plus the Prince looks like this http://www.gameguru.in/imag... Not this http://img205.imageshack.us...
Im Persian as well (PS the real me, not Shane Dim) and we are slightly darker then for example Swedes (I live in Sweden). Either way, they should really put a darker guy as the Prince, not Jake.
Im persian too :D .. but actually I live in iran.. my brother is blond and has green eyes, Im white but with brown hair and light brown eyes.. in iran you can see various skins and eyes.. so I think that actor is a good choice :D atleast people in US wont think persians are the same race as arabs ..(Im not raciest dude! and I dont care what they think :P )
i agree they should have cast an agile babylonian for PoP
Well yes I thought the Last Samurai being white was ridiculous too, but then I saw the movie and it turns out he's an American soldier who ends up among these samurai so it's not all that surprising. It wasn't terrible either, not something I'd watch again though.
Wow...who cares guys. Jakes a great actor I'm sure he'll do a good job.
The hair reminded me of movies about Jesus Christ. Has anyone else noticed that virtually every Jesus movie has a gentile playing the part of Jesus? Jesus was a jew, but for some reason (antisemitism?) he isn't depcited as one.
'I wouldn't care if there were any major movies that flipped this around but I can barely think of anything. Ethnic minorities have to play either outdated stereotypes or raceless side characters.' How about Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in Gridiron Gang. Sean Porter looked white to me in the credits.
wow THAT sucks
I mean...the man can act. Why not?
I'm not surprised he got part, hell I'm not surprised that this movie may suck but GOD DAMN WAS JAKE GYLLENHAAL ALL WAYS THAT RIP AND CUT!
actors are known for getting into shape/losing weight/gaining weight to fit what ever movie role you no....
lol coke diet.
At least it's not directed by Uwe Boll.
He's directed several sh1tty films based on video games.
pfft no wonder i didn't know who he was
It's the story that I still have no clue about. Silent Hill is still the best videogame adaptation, and even that movie wasn't great. Good, but not great.
I agree, Silent Hill perhaps is the most accurate video-game movie ever created. The problem is that it was just a tad slow. But good movie nonetheless!
This chunk of time really kind of ruined it for the rest of the film.
I think the new prince of persia guy has blue eyes and looks more caucasion. So jake looks more like him.
I think the new prince is actually Jesus. He kinda went through that Michael Jackson phase where he was originally a dark skinned Hebrew with dark hair and brown eyes who spoke Aramaic, then he came too America and teamed up with Paris Hilton. Now he's got golden brown hair with highlights, light skin, blue eyes, well-defined body, speaks english, and only goes by Jesus instead of Yeshua
wrong. watch the video again. he has brown eyes.
Jake, like most Hollywood actors, have personal trainers and he has been bulk in previous movies so its no surprise the man isn't small but if you look at that picture there's alot of make up on his chest and abdomen that emphasise muscle, so its not actually his real body. And for those wondering why I looked so closely, I read the comments in the article. P.S. I heard he was gay actually
I think that whole "gay" thing is because he starred in brokeback mountain.
He's with Reese Witherspoon... ...you idiots.
was just about to say that before i saw your comment
Leon.......... thats a good cover-up eh? lol
Is he with Reese Witherspoon? Isn't that the same thing as being gay?
man crush much? or maybe your a girl...weird much
Just keep Uwe Boll away from this movie. Uwe Boll was actually one of the horses in brokeback mountain.
Just keep Boll away from ANY movie...
lol yeah, I'm sure if Uwe Boll tried to direct a porn movie. He'd find some way to F*ck that up too
dude Dream Machine my name is mazhar, hehe...
Maybe you should play him then XD
im impressed of the evergrowing homophobia on this page.
I heard Jake Gyllenhall is a terrorist. Can anyone confirm?
well he would terrorize your ass if that what you mean
another game to movie going to flop i never wanna see games to movie bcoz games r much better than movie
Just make his skin dark like Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder.....lol
Persians aren't dark skinned. They are light skinned with blue eyes. True story. Oh and I'd let Jake be the warrior within...
I'm just waiting for the God Of War film adaptation starring Chris Tucker as Kratos God Hollywood sucks! lol, and I'm a film student
I love the game series. However, when i heard Jake was going to play the prince i figured this was going to be more hollywood garbage. Hell, i am impressed how he got his physique up to par. But, I will just wait and see. TBH, when i first heard Heath Ledger was the Joker way back when, I did the same thought process as well, but MAN did he blow me away with that performance. So,I guess i will give Jake the benefit of the doubt until I hear/see otherwise.
fap fap fap
Jake can act so i have high hopes for this
y dont u go look at porn or sumthin i take it none of the above hav girlfriends. Oh no im gonna get banned now - ah well
I can only think of this guy as 'that emo kid from donnie darko'.
Hmm, that was the role he filled, and he apparently filled it well if that's what you take from the film... I have no reason to believe he won't do a good job with this.
..you guys think that Persians are not white? wow..u dumbasses gotta do some research and stop listening to stupid stereotypes..sigh
Hes has become a hottie since Donnie Darko. Shade Dim likes boys.
Mixed Feelings,unsure of his Future,etc http://dyackflop.ytmnd.com/
i fink hed actually suit the role for the persian prince....dnt forget....ppl wer havin second thouts bou heath ledger bein the joker. bu luk at his performance. u wont knw bou the actor til u see him act the role. gon see it b4 i judge it.
A white man playing a Persian?? Especially that dude from Jarhead?? LMAO wow he looks like a dam surfer then a Persian. Shame. That is like Aladdin being played by Christian Bale.. Horrible I don't care how good or bad he can act, but this is wrong..lol My opinion
real persian/iranian have light brown skin, brown eyes, and black hair, though their are some with (almost) white skin, blue eyes, and blond hair. And as for not finding a good persian actor to play the part, thats a bunch of BS, they choose Gyllenhaal because they need americans to watch the film
Prince of the Brokeback Mountain.
The Prince of Bums. Seriously that's what this looks like. He looks like a raged hobo. This movie is gonna get more tween girls who fawn over Gyllenhaal seeing it then fans of the game seeing it. Honestly why is Hollywood so damn stupid they never are true to the source material in the least and it's very annoying.
Now ubisoft will make a crappy prince of persia game based on this XD
I thought he was the Geico Caveman commercial........... End discussion....Case Closed.