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Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Footballer Joe Namath

Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Footballer Joe Namath

Jake Gyllenhaal shared the workout regime he kept for his upcoming actioner, Persia of Persia: Sands of Time.

“It was intense,” the 29-year-old actor told Extra. “What I did was ride a camel in L.A. and rode it around for15 hours a day, and I’d eat twigs and berries and any kind of fibrous material, and drink water from the sewers. With that, [I got into shape] very quickly (laughs).”

Jake is also trying to play football star Joe Namath in an upcoming movie.

“I would love to play Joe Namath,” Jake admitted. “I’ve been working on it for a long time, trying to develop that story. We got to get it right, got to get the extraordinary story perfect if we’re going to do it. But it would be a dream to play him.”

As for being single, Jake says, “Would it be strange if I said no, I’m not looking? Yes, I’m looking. I have two eyes.”

Prince of Persia opens everywhere on May 28.

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# 1
Sincerely curious @ 05/10/2010 at 8:46 pm

Who is this Joe Namath person and why Hollywood feels the need of doing a movie about him?

# 2

Jake as Joe Namath? What are they waiting for?!? :)

# 3

Can someone tell me why they got a WHITE actor to play a PERSIAN Prince?!

# 4

@Sincerely curious: Joe is a living legend!
Joe Namath and Pantyhose
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf3oOQq9KFU

# 5

@JAKE: So that you could complain about it!

# 6

Jake come to Brazil and look at me….. Team Jake forever…

# 7

“Jake Gyllenhaal shared about the workout regime he kept for her upcoming actioner…”
Jared,
I’ll kick your a$$ for this!!!

# 8
Patronising idiots @ 05/10/2010 at 9:04 pm

@JAKE: Because America is STUPID

# 9

@JAKE: Same ridiculous reason they feel the need to remake every Bollywood movie with white actresses and actors, as if the actors and actresses of colour are not freaking capable.

Jake’s Sesame Street appearance was better than starring in Prince of Persia. Jakey just say NO to more bearding. Just keep on doing the solo Mr. Straight bearding you’ve been trying to do the past few months. It’s a million times better than the showmance.

If Jake was to play Joe Namath, he would have to wear his hair like Donnie Darko! Ewww! I am liking Jake right now with shorter hair. He is SO hot! Jake! Call me!

Jared you need to fix your typos.

I bet the Tom Hanks family were real happy to see Reese pimp their son’s wedding so she could get her picture in Us Weekly! Her PR people had to clean up the mess when the TV shows picked up the story, The TV spin was “celebs attended the wedding, like Reese and Lisa Milano” bcz originally Us Weekly’ said,” Reese and her man were PDAing at the wedding!” that was the story Reese really wants out there.

@JAKE:

BECAUSE PERSIANS ARE WHITE. Go and thell them that they are not and see what happens. Don’t let brown skin fool you.

Arabs are white as well.

@JAKE: Because the people who make Hollywood movies do not want to portray A-rabs (do you love my unique American mispronunciation?) in a positive light — Beautiful Persian and super hot Middle Eastern working actors would destroy the media’s well crafted image of them as bomb throwing bearded slugs — which I’m sure you already know.

@Please: Um, lol. Gurl, I’m not Caucasian or “White”. We always check the box “Other” if there’s no “Middle Eastern” option.

Gyllenhaal has no charisma.
He is by no means a bad actor, but he has no charisma. He needs to be doing smaller “internal” psychological dramas, not broad swashbuckling daring-do. That’s even ignoring the fact that he’s entirely too WHITE-bread to be the Prince of PERSIA.

Oh and the word Aryan so promoted by that a**hole from the Third Reich actually means Iranian. Aryans are Iranians but some stupid guy who took a trip to Perisa kept hearing the word and brought it to Europe.
Somehow the word became associated with Nordic (wtf?) Then with that, you know who took that word to the nth degree and made it mean racial superiority.

Gyllenhaal is more likely to trip over his sword than actually wield it. He has no physical presence whatsoever.

And historically, oriental roles were almost never cast with people from the Orient. Iranians are only allowed to play themselves if they are bad guys. Remember Rudolpho Valentino playing the Sheikh, or what’s his face playing the Arab in the 13th Warrior or Morgan Freeman playing the Arab in Robin Hood? Willem Dafoe playing Jesus? John Landis playing an Iranian terrorist?

So Jake steals a role men for an openly gay actor in brokeback and he is stealing another role meant for an ethnic actor here.

Hey Jake…why don’t you stick to roles made for CLOSETED GAY WHITE MALES

@leila:

Middle Eastern is not a race…..But that’s ok you guys are like “hispanics” they check other also…Soon everyone will be checking other..

I think this is a good casting. His story is of triumph and tragedy…I hope the script is good.

Jared – From your headline, it sounds as if the project on joe namath is a go; reading the article, though, it sounds like JG would like to play namath if the story can be developed. Nothing is set yet so your headline is misleading.

Blue-eyed white guy with a horribly faked British accent coupled with an actual English actress playing quite noticeably non-white roles.

Seems Disney is just trying to appeal to the mainsteam fu*kwads who will probably go nuts with glee if the threw a Miley Cyrus song into the soundtrack for good measure.

Just to make sure to sell as many tickets as possible, we better remove all of the ethnic clothing and have the actors wear some Nike instead, with some Oakley’s to keep the hot Persian sun out of their eyes.

The Prince of Persia is white, The Last Samurai is white. God help us if we make a movie that features reasonably accurate cultural depictions.

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