Jake Gyllenhaal Says Whitewashed ‘Prince of Persia’ Role ‘Wasn’t Right For Me’

Jake Gyllenhaal Says Whitewashed ‘Prince of Persia’ Role ‘Wasn’t Right For Me’
Spider-Man: Far From Home” isn’t just Jake Gyllenhaal’s first Marvel movie, it’s also his first major studio tentpole since the 2010 release of Disney’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.” The Mike Newell-directed video game adaptation starred Gyllenhaal opposite Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, and Alfred Molina. The film, a critical and box office dud for Disney, is best remembered as being one of the decade’s worst examples of Hollywood whitewashing for casting a white American actor in the lead role instead of a performer of Iranian descent.

The conversation around Hollywood whitewashing became a lot more amplified following the 2017 release of Scarlett Johansson’s “Ghost in the Shell,” so Gyllenhaal’s “Persia” casting in 2010 did not cause as much of a controversy or derail Gyllenhaal’s career. Still, the movie follows the Oscar-nominated actor around as one of the biggest missteps of his career.
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