Jake Gyllenhaal stunned to be a leading man

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton star in this action adventure film from Disney. Set in the mystical lands of Persia, an adopted prince named Dastan (Gyllenhaal) is framed for his father’s murder and goes on the lam, taking only a princess (Arterton) and an ancient dagger with him. Eventually he realizes that the dagger has special powers in that it's able to reverse the flow of time. Together the prince and princess must work to clear Dastan's name and reveal the true identity of his father's murderer.
November 28th, 2010

Jake Gyllenhaal is still amazed by his stature in Hollywood.

The 'Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time' actor admits he is still left surprised that he is regarded as a star as big as older actors such as Tom Cruise or Nicholas Cage as he doesn't view himself as a leading man.

He said: "I don't see myself like a leading man at all. That's very result-oriented. I've been like that at different times in my career, but at this point I'm not. I think people look at me like that bit, but I don't.

"I've been the lead in lots of different movies but it's never been about that.

"It's funny, I as at some event for 'Prince Of Persia' and Tom Cruise and Nicolas Cage were there. And there I was standing with them thinking 'What the hell am I doing here?' "

Jake also admitted he likes to tackle a wide variety of characters in his movies because of advice he was given by his father many years ago.

He told Total Film magazine: "My dad always says to me that the job of any artist is to disturb the comfortable and to comfort the disturbed."