The director of Prince of Persia Mike Newell did an interview with and I thought I would post this little bit about Jake:

Q: Was Jake Gyllenhaal your first choice to play Dastan and what was it about him that got him the part?

Newell: You had to have someone of a certain age. He had to have a command of the screen, which Jake obviously does and is partly what makes Jake a very interesting actor. I looked around and Jake was the first name that came into my head. And though I did meet lots and lots of other actors, I kept coming back to him.

Read the full interview