Jake Gyllenhaal on Working Out: It's Part of the Job

Jake Gyllenhaal, 29, bulked up for his role in The Prince of Persia, but he tells People that transformation to Hollywood hardbody was anything but hard.

Jake told People Magazine sarcastically:

"It was so hard, Being an actor is so hard. Being in shape is so hard, too, and being paid to get into shape is even harder – and you can quote me on all of those."

Jake on Training:

"I like the focus... I'm somebody who likes to kind of keep moving. When you're shooting a movie, the downtime is always the hardest thing, and when you get to be physical in between takes it's actually a good thing, I think, for any actor."

On being inspired by older actors:

"I remember when I worked with Dustin Hoffman – as a wrap gift Dustin gave me a walker to do triceps push-ups on, because that's how he'd get his energy going. Every actor has different tricks, and I thought that it was a great thing. I would go run and jump and do what I could to get excited and ready for the next take and to stay in shape."

On his post-Persia Physique:

"You focus on it like an athlete would and it's kind of off-season, but I'm very much a physical and active person. So I like to maintain as much as I can."

You can check out the entire story at People here.

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