• JAKE GYLLENHAAL photo | Jake Gyllenhaal

Credit: Andrew Cooper/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Published: Wednesday November 14, 2012 06:00 AM EST



"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," says the doe-eyed actor about bulking up for the Prince of Persia. What's no joke: The amount of heat the star generated over his royally buff form months before the movie's release.