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'Prince' of Action

21 Jul, 2010 By: Fred Topel

Jake Gyllenhaal

When Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment releases Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on DVD and Blu-ray, there won’t be that much extra footage from the cutting room floor.

“There’s actually a scene that we didn’t use, as you’ll see,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “[Director] Mike [Newell] was very economical in his shooting, so there weren’t that many [extra scenes]. But we always add things that are fun and interesting for you guys to look at [for home video].”

Based on the video game, Prince of Persia stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a dashing young soldier who evades enemies by running along walls and taking breathtaking jumps. Newell was careful to pack his film with as much as possible in each frame. He didn’t save anything for later because, in his mind, that’s not the Bruckheimer way.

“The chief thing about a Bruckheimer movie is it never stands still, and it’s got all this stuff in it,” Newell says. “It’s got romance, it’s got action, it’s got mystery, it’s got comedy, it’s got dancing, it’s got everything all whirled up into this wonderful kind of entertainment soup. That’s what I thought we should be making.”

If anything, Newell was adding layer upon layer to scenes for the movie, not cutting them out.

“I was looking at certain things, saying, ‘You know what? I know he’s doing that, but in a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, people never do only one thing at one time. There’s always kind of simultaneous action going on like that, so what else should he be doing?’” Newell says. “It was never a set of rules, and it was never, ‘What would Jerry want?’ It was like making a cowboy movie. This is what happens in cowboy movies.”

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