04/29/2010 AT 7:00 PM ET
Ancient Persia was one hot place.
In newly released images from his summer action movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which opens May 28, Jake Gyllenhaal shows off a seriously buff bod.
Gyllenhaal, 29, worked hard to bulk up for the role, for which he also trained in parkour (the sport of running, jumping and climbing over obstacles).
“It’s a physical role,” he told fans at the Wondercon convention in San Francisco earlier this month. “I never did anything this intensive before [to transform my body]. When you are committed, you are committed.”
But hey, why not? Said Gyllenhall: “It was so much fun to get paid to get tanned and get in shape.”
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