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  1. rudy says

    Liking the thicker Jake but can’t say the same for his choise in accessories (whose hand he is holding).

  2. Tony says

    Don’t like the look, too much steroids.

    Jake’s beard managed to find paparazzi in the desert?

    How convinient!

  3. says

    He looks damn good. I thought it was a bad choice at first, but now I am on board. He looks VERY similar to the character from the game.

  4. says

    Eh… not impressed. This movie is gonna blow. He’s just not an action star. And that hair (on his head) has got to go. Looks like the homeless guy that hangs out in front of my building.

  5. sam says

    I agree with you, Krstofer. He does look very good, imo and very like the character from the video game. Some people are just ridiculously negative before the movie is even finished. Way to not even give it a chance.

    As for the bitchiness about his looks, well I am sure the same shallow bullshit can be said about what you all look like.

    I think Jake will be great in this one. Love him.

  6. jeffy says

    Dear lord, while you nerds fight over whether Jake looks like the video game character (!) he’s portraying, I’ll take him to a corner and grope him.

  7. sparks says

    I’ve yet to see any photo of Jake that didn’t make me breathe just a little bit harder. The man is gorgeous. And I happen to think his acting has been impressive in more than a few of his films.

    Here it looks like he had just finished a skirmish scene so he’s dirty and his hair is mussed … not that I mind! But in other recent off-set photos, he’s actually working the mane nicely.

    I can’t believe some of you are so emotionally invested against him that you’d take the time to post nasty comments. He’s done nothing wrong to any of ya, and nobody is forcing you to pause and stare at his pictuers. If you don’t like them, move the hell on. :)

  8. John in Manhattan says

    I am deeply emotionally invested in destroying Jake Gyllenhaal and his career. I think he’s evil… E-V-I-L!!!

  9. DJ says

    *rolls eyes at John’s drama queen antics*

    Jake looking yummy. I will be seeing Prince of Persia.

  10. patrick nyc says

    I’m waiting until EVAN says it’s OK to think he looks hot, despite my boner saying he is.

  11. jp says

    O.M.G. Looking as fine as he ever has. Given his history (to whomever implied steroids are involved) you can tell he’s totally natural. He’s just known to work out very hard for roles (see Jarhead) from just a year or two ago. He looked buff there too and it took him several months of training to get there.

  12. peterparker says

    OMG that body if fucking incredible! Unfortunately, I hate the long hair (wig?) on Jake, and I’m normally a fan of long hair on handsome men.

  13. Griff says

    The fact that the producers chose to white-wash the Prince of Persia does not bode well…

    I have a bad feeling this movie’s plot cannot stand on it’s own merits, and so needs a big name white actor (aka non-threatening to racist Middle-America) to draw in crowds.

  14. noah says

    Err a Persian looking Persian? Come on. How could Hollywood sell a big action packed movie with a brown-skinned man? That would be like Will Smith being a major action picture star. Who would ever believe that?

    Seriously, you do know that Jesus was very fair-skinned, had blond hair, blue eyes, and a perky nose? Those are of course, the perfect features common to people with ancestors from Egypt, North Africa, and Southwest Asia.

    :-(

    Seriously, why couldn’t they find someone with a little more melanin in his skin? Your average Iraqi or Iranian, the Persians, don’t have pale white skin and blue eyes. They’re normally olive, brown, or black skinned.

    This reminds me of the controversy over of the Disney cartoon “Aladdin” where the Aladdin and Jasmine had European feature and the bad guy had a big hooked nose and more pronounced Arab/Persian experience.

    Why continue to push ot stereotypes like this? Couldn’t Hollywood have found an unknown browner actor and surrounded him with bigger names? Lots of action franchises succeed because of that.

    Every time some straight actor, like Jake G., pretends to be gay, the blogs and press in the gay community go apesh@t crazy in love because the guy is cute and “brave.” Meanwhile, some gay actor never gets the part or the accolades.

    Hollywood has been re-writing history, having Nordic looking actors playing people of different backgrounds for ages. Whether it was black, Asian, or Native American, this crap never seems to end.

    Look at the Harvey Milk movie. All of the actors who are stars are straight. James Franco presents his stories about the difficulty of kissing Sean Penn. How terrible. But where are the gay actors? Are there any notable gay actors in the cast?

    In some ways, the lack of authentic actors such roles would be like casting the story of Martin Luther King and Corretta Scott King as played by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. (Oh, that’s right, Angelina did go the brown face route to play Mariane Pearl.)

    Robert Downey Jr is playing a white actor arrogant enough to go through surgery and skin dyeing to play a black man in “Tropic Thunder.” In that case, Downey is trying to skewer Hollywood’s tendency to play this B.S. game.

    Yeah, I know that someone is going say “it’s just acting; why shouldn’t a white/straight actor be able to play a fill-in the blank”? You’re missing the point, the problem is that the non white/ non-straight actors aren’t able to get jobs. Therefore, this isn’t about anyone’s acting ability as much as it’s about Hollywood not willing to offer a job to a non-traditional actor while pushing false history that all “heroes” usually look like Northern Europeans.

    I’m all for Sean Penn playing Milk. But are you really telling me that none of the supporting players couldn’t have been openly gay? Have you heard of anyone who’s gay in a major role?

    Yeah, people love “Brokeback Mountain,” but can you name any openly gay actors who had a supporting role? Rupert Everett, besides being a sometimes jerk, has spoken out about this. How many gay actors are allowed to play both straight and gay roles? Off hand, I can think of T.R. Knight.

  15. sam says

    I understand you points, Noah but this is based on a video game in which the charcter, based on his background, does look like Jake does here. And how do you know supporting actors from Persian background are not being used?

    Btw, where is all the outrage over Ben Kingsley being in this or Alfred Molina. Both have played many different ethnicities, etc. Or all the Australian, British, American actors who play someone from the other country.

    The frustration over Jake being cast may be better put to real causes.

    Anon, he just did two small, arty movies, Brothers and Nailed.

  16. Strepsi says

    I agree with NOAH. I love Jake, and I will judge the movie on its own merits, but the very casting of a really white guy is OFFENSIVE. Not to mention Persians, Iranians, and Indian actors have some of the most “classically handsome” gorgeous features — but can’t get a damn lead in Hollywood outside of “Terrorist #3″ I love Jake, but at the same time wish Jake had had the integrity to turn it down — publicly — and hame them into hiring an ethnic actor.

  17. says

    Right, Noah, because only gay actors should be able to play gay roles, and straight actors straight roles. Because a gay actor has never played a straight role!

    Also, there are plenty of people from Iran with pale skin. Persians =/ Middle Easterners.

    Jake is playing a role – a role in America. Could they have casted the part differently? Of course, but that doesn’t mean it would make the movie any better or worse. Tom Cruise, as much as it pains me to say it, wasn’t a bad Last Samurai and Daniel Day Lewis made an entertaining Last of the Mohican, pale skin and all. In terms of cheesy blockbusters, Hollywood studios sometimes want to cast American cheese movie stars. These are movies designed for people who want to occupy two hours of their life that doesn’t involve sparking brain cells and actual thinking – so staying true to the actual part (if that’s possible in a movie about a video game!) could perhaps be expecting a bit much of the target audience.

  18. sam says

    Strepsi, you have a point but then you should be offended and tell every major actor to turn down every movie ever made if you really want matching ethnicity, background, race, creed, sexuality, etc, etc.

  19. soulbrotha says

    It’s all about the dollar. Hollywood could give two fucks about being politically correct or ethnically accurate. Hollywood watches it’s bottom line and has always taken its cues from Middle America’s likes and dislikes and race has always been a major part of their tastes. Don’t hold your breath for a change anytime soon.

  20. Derrick from Philly says

    Interesting turn to this discussion. We do have a long history of white actors portraying non-white characterss in movies. How would we react if it were the other way around? What would be the reaction to Vin Diesel being cast as Joe DiMaggio? or Forrest Whittaker in white-face doing Henry the Eigth? Or me playing Mae West? Just a thought.

  21. anon says

    No Sam, except for Day After Tomorrow and City Slickers, he done only small films, not necessarily all were arty though.

    The problem is that the vast majority of leading roles are for white and/or (now) black actors, leaving other ethnicities in the dark so to speak, and making it difficult for those actors to become stars and thus get these big roles. Vicious cycle? You bet.

  22. crispy says

    Bad examples, Ryan. The characters that Tom Cruise and Daniel Day Lewis play in The Last Samurai and The Last of the Mohicans, respectively, are both supposed to be white.

  23. the queen says

    let me join in the general enthusiasm: JAKE I LOVE YOU!!!!! (… and i want to have your love child…)

  24. Fumoblue says

    I’m not too sure I’m on bored with Jake playing the Prince being offensive. I guess because I wasn’t surprised and considering that since it’s a high profile game, they’d want a high profile actor to go with it. Unfortunately I don’t know of any high profile Middle Eastern actors that can match the Prince’s look as closely as the Prince as Jake does.

  25. Derrick from Philly says

    Thank you, West Coast Majesty: but I’d think I’d rather play you. All those fabulous sex scenes with men of all races. But…but…but, am I too old for the part now (tears and booze).

    Wouldn’t it have been something if crazy-ass Mel Gibson had chosen a dark-skinned Palestinian or Isreali actor to portray Jesus in “The Crucifixion….”–someone who looks like what the people of Palestine actually look like. My Lord, the FUNDIES would have went off as crazy as Gibson, and the film wouldn’t have raked in all those millions–which is the point about not using non-white actors for these type of historic (Biblical) movies.

    “That damn Mel Gibson made the Lord look Colored! We’ll skin his ass!” I can hear JOHNNY LANE now.

  26. Derrick from Philly says

    I meant “the Passion of the Christ”.

    It doesn’t matter… I don’t expect to get to heaven anyway…neither is Mel Gibson. (The idiot doesn’t know that God is Jewish.)

  27. says

    I have nothing to add to this except:

    i’ve seen better pics of Jake . . . he used to be my “celebrity boyfriend” but we broke up after he started going out with Reese, so I really don’t care about him anymore. LOL. Now I’m happily involved in a threeway with Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman.

    Anyway . . . Noah, your point about gay actors isn’t so cut and dry. First off, there aren’t that many openly gay leading men. Maybe NPH, Luke McFarlane or T.R. Knight (and a younger Rupert Everett) qualify, but that’s it. Hollywood as an industry sells an illusion to middle America and often that illusion is wrapped up in the trappings of heterosexuality. So if there is a gay actor playing leading roles out there, he is most likely in the closet.

    Additionally, working in the theater, I’ve met many young attractive male actors who are out in their personal lives but not out professionally due to the advice of their managers or agents. Sometimes, these guys will not play a gay character because they constantly live in fear of being typecast. Sometimes folks like me casting a play or a film have no choice but to cast straight.

  28. Marty says

    I heart Jake immensely, though it’s been with a twinge since someone (cruelly) pointed out to me that he is a dead ringer for k.d. lang in her prime…

  29. sam says

    Anon, the point was that just because he is doing a big movie now does not mean he has given up doing smaller arty/indie movies.

    Marty, any resemblance between Jake and K.D. has long past. So no need to have the twinge. ūüėČ

  30. TikiHead says

    David,

    “Shouldn’t the prince of Persia …er… look Persian?”

    Er, have you met Persians? I have. In college, my dreamy, superhot dorm floor administrator was a Persian, a dish Vahid Bagheri. He was pale skinned, darker hair than Jake, but not by much. Speak only of that which you know.

  31. Get Real says

    “Every time some straight actor, like Jake G., pretends to be gay…”.

    Jake Gyllenhaal is gay.

  32. len says

    Um, George and Get Real, you aren’t fooling anyone. Get a life and worry about defining your own sexuality.

  33. johnny says

    I’d take him with the long dirty hair, bad footwear, sweat and all. That’s what soap and water is for.

  34. Mark Fowlkes says

    Regarding the “race” of the Iranian people, it’s too easy to oversimplify the situation. To the native Persians and Medes that form the base group, you have to add Turco-Mongol,Turkish,Arab,Afghan,Armenian, Georgian and Slavic peoples to the mix. Skin tones in Iran range from darker Arab types in Khuzistan, to very fair skinned types in Mazanderan and Azerbaijan, where there are indeed a fair number of blue-eyed people. My sister’s first husband was an Iranian from Tehran, and he was a dark olive complected man, considered by his Iranian friends to be darker than their norm. His first cousin, however, whose mother was from Tabriz, had ash-blond hair and very blue eyes. Tabriz is an area of Iran where many people still speak Chagatay Turkish as their first language, instead of Farsi. Both men were very,even strikingly handsome,and you’d never pick them out as cousins. Ancient Greeks who passed thru Persia wrote of the typical Persian as being of “high” complexion, by which they meant very fair skin, but with coal-black curly hair, and dark brown eyes. Think of the bas reliefs at Persepolis in this regard. They were originally painted in colors, and that “high” coloring was just how Darius and Xerxes were painted. Enough color has survived in protected spots that the acheologists have been able to reconstruct the colors of the carvings. So, while Jake may not look like your most typical Iranian, I guarantee that you can find Iranian men who look very like him.

  35. Mark Fowlkes says

    Regarding the “race” of the Iranian people, it’s too easy to oversimplify the situation. To the native Persians and Medes that form the base group, you have to add Turco-Mongol,Turkish,Arab,Afghan,Armenian, Georgian and Slavic peoples to the mix. Skin tones in Iran range from darker Arab types in Khuzistan, to very fair skinned types in Mazanderan and Azerbaijan, where there are indeed a fair number of blue-eyed people. My sister’s first husband was an Iranian from Tehran, and he was a dark olive complected man, considered by his Iranian friends to be darker than their norm. His first cousin, however, whose mother was from Tabriz, had ash-blond hair and very blue eyes. Tabriz is an area of Iran where many people still speak Chagatay Turkish as their first language, instead of Farsi. Both men were very,even strikingly handsome,and you’d never pick them out as cousins. Ancient Greeks who passed thru Persia wrote of the typical Persian as being of “high” complexion, by which they meant very fair skin, but with coal-black curly hair, and dark brown eyes. Think of the bas reliefs at Persepolis in this regard. They were originally painted in colors, and that “high” coloring was just how Darius and Xerxes were painted. Enough color has survived in protected spots that the acheologists have been able to reconstruct the colors of the carvings. So, while Jake may not look like your most typical Iranian, I guarantee that you can find Iranian men who look very like him.

  36. robert ryan says

    Give me a break! If he’s Prince of Persia, I’m the Queen of Sheba!
    Couldn’t they at least use that sexy Mexican guy who played a Muslim a few years ago,at least he looks the part! What’s next
    Brad Pitt as Jesus!

  37. jamal49 says

    @CHAD, I agree about the package. Sure would like to make a special delivery with that! As for the shoes, perhaps back in that ancient time they had yet to figure out how to accessorize.