PRINCE OF PERSIA Panel (WonderCon 2010)
Disney brought PRINCE OF PERSIA for its presentation at WonderCon 2010. The Prince of Persia panel included producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Mike Newell, Jake Gyllenhaal, and game creator/screen story writer Jordan Mechner.
They of course brought a couple of clips from the film to show everyone there. The first clip we got to see showed Prince Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) invading some sort of castle. This is when he finds the dagger. The clip included lots of action, which I’m guessing gives you a good idea as to what the movie will be like. The second clip showed us the effects of reversing time. We get to see how Dastan realizes what the dagger does as Tamina (Gemma Arterton) tries to get her hands on it.
I personally wasn’t too blown away by the clips, they looked decent, but nothing to jump up and down about. That said will I go see the movie? Of course, it’s Prince of Persia! Oh and did I mention Jake Gyllenhaal’s in it?
Finally, here are a few things the panel had to say in regards to the movie:
– This was the first big convention that Jerry Bruckheimer attended.
– Jake Gyllenhaal did a lot of his own stunts.
– They wanted the tone of the film to be a post modern tale and wanted it to feel real. They tried to stay away from winks to the camera and the movie commenting on itself.
– It was important for them to capture the realism of period.
– They shot the film in Morocco.
– Mike Newell played the video game Prince of Persia as much as he could.
– To prepare for the role, Jake Gylenhaal started on the outside first. He is a really physical person and started training pretty early on for the part. Hee wanted to be able to pull off the stunts if he was going to participate in the film.
– 3/4 of set is all real, not visual effects.
– Gemma Arterton plays Tamina, a princess that is part of a clan keepers of the sands of time. The dagger is the only thing that can pierce the sands of time. Her character and Prince Dastan fall in love.
– Jake Gyllenhaal’s boots took 20 minutes to put on.
– If he could travel in time, Jake Gyllenhaal would like to travel back to his birth “just to see what it was like.”
– Founder of parkour, David Belle, was on set and worked very close with Jake Gyllenhaal for some of the stunts.
– Jake Gyllenhaal also did a lot of free running in the movie.
That’s all folks, in the meantime. Here are some photos of the PRINCE OF PERSIA panel.