Prince of Persia has some pretty stiff competition on opening day. (Hello, Sex and the City sequel!)
But Gemma Arterton, the English beauty who plays Tamina in Persia, has one very good—and very hot—reason why you should pick the video game turned movie over the second SATC…
"You should see my movie because it's got Jake Gyllenhaal in it," Arterton, 24, told me earlier today from Hollywood, where the movie had its U.S. premiere last night. "There are no really hot guys in Sex and the City. There's amazing outfits, but in Prince of Persia, there's a lot of male testosterone, which is quite sexy."
Arterton kids, because even she admits to getting giddy about Carrie Bradshaw & Co. "I love Sex and the City," she said. "Even today, there was something on TV about it, and there was a silent yelp inside of me."
OK, back to Jakey G.—and that body! "It's like a sculpture," Arterton said. "He worked his ass off to get that body. He just didn't stop."
No doubt plenty of Arterton's girlfriends (and some guy friends, for that matter) were eager to visit her on set, even if they made the movie in bloody hot Morocco. "He has this effect on people," she said of J.G. "They just want to be around him. He makes you feel really good. He's very sweet and he doesn't take himself too seriously, which is very refreshing."
As fit as Gyllenhaal, 29, was, Arterton admits to being somewhat of a klutz. Prince of Persia left her a bit bruised. Her very first shot was a painful blooper. "The cameras are on me and suddenly I go out of the shot because I've fallen down the hill," she said, laughing. "I was mortified."
Fortunately, things turned just fine. "You know what I love about Prince of Persia?" she said. "It's got this old-school Hollywood movie aspect about it, like real 1940s glamorous MGM. It takes you to another world, and sometimes it's nice to go and see something that isn't really your life."
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