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  M.   March 18, 2010

Arabian Nights: Mike Newell enters ancient world of action with Prince of Persia

FJI: How did you come to cast Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular prince and Gemma Arterton as his love interest, Tamina?

Newell: I know Jake’s parents, so I’ve known him since he was a small child and I’ve watched him grow up to become a really wonderful, subtle, sensitive actor with terrific emotional range. That’s what I wanted for this character, but at the same time I had to have an action hero. So I took a bet! Jake’s a strong guy and he’s immensely hard-working, so I knew that one of the things that would set him on his mettle was actually performing these stunts. A lot of the fighting in the movie is Jake and a fight routine has to be learned to the inch or people get hurt. What you have is this tremendously energetic and youthful man of action who also has a wonderful sensitive side under the surface.

I saw a lot of girls for the female lead; I looked at Iranian actresses, Israeli actresses and was about to go to India to look at Bollywood actresses. But Jerry kept pushing me towards English actresses because he had had such luck with Keira Knightley in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. As soon as Gemma walked in, I fell for her. She’s very energetic and very feisty and very intelligent and she’s wonderful at being the tough girl who can stand up to Jake’s character.