Jake Gyllenhaal has admitted that he wants to become known for his physical performances.

The actor, who stars in the upcoming Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, has said that being known as an action star has been his dream since childhood.

Speaking to Total Film, the 29-year-old said: “I’ve always wanted to do this – it’s like a childhood dream. I love being physical, I’m very athletic and I like pushing myself. And I also like combat. Any opportunity to fight!”

Gyllenhaal, who previously admitted that he has always wanted to be an action hero, also insisted that he has never been hesistant to perform his own stunts and said that in the new Prince of Persia movie he injured himself regularly.

He said: “Even if I didn’t pull it off and they had to use stuntmen, I would always try it first.

“I pulled some shoulders and I strained some backs and I screwed up my ankles a few times but nothing to worry about.

“On one take, I actually punched a guy in the face by mistake. I spend the rest of the takes trying not to punch him in the face, which is a strange irony really.”

Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time arrives in cinemas on May 28.