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Sir Ben: Jake shows vulnerability

Published 23/05/2010 | 11:26

Ben Kingsley says Jake Gyllenhaal shows vulnerability
Ben Kingsley says Jake Gyllenhaal shows vulnerability

Sir Ben Kingsley has heaped praise on Prince Of Persia's leading man, Jake Gyllenhaal.

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The duo star in the Disney blockbuster - in which Jake plays Prince Dastan and Sir Ben portrays his uncle Nizam - and the British legend described the US star as "wonderful" because he can let his guard down.

"Jake is a great leading man to work with - he's wonderful to work with because he makes himself vulnerable," he said.

"For a strong young guy like that, not many of his American counterparts are vulnerable. They don't dare to be vulnerable because they think vulnerable is weak. It is not - to be vulnerable is to be very strong."

Sir Ben found himself drawn to the role of Nizam because of his multi-faceted personality.

"I found Nizam a bit Shakespearian," he explained.

"The wonderful thing about playing Nizam is that there's layer upon layer of extraordinary behaviour - there's cunning, envy, regret, greed, monstrous ego and narcissism. I could go on and on - he is such a great guy to play."

Prince Of Persia is in cinemas now.

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