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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Sir Ben: Jake shows vulnerability

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.

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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