Jake Gyllenhaal Says He 'Learned a Lot' from The Prince of Persia's Whitewashing Backlash

Jake Gyllenhaal, 38, is opening up about the backlash he received for 2010 film The Prince of Persia. The film drew criticism for whitewashing the lead character, Dastan.

Jake spoke with Yahoo! Entertainment about what he learned from the film and how the the reception of it turned him off from doing another big studio film.

“I think I learned a lot from that movie in that I spend a lot of time trying to be very thoughtful about the roles that I pick and why I’m picking them,” Gyllenhaal said. You’re bound to slip up and be like, ‘That wasn’t for me,’ or ‘That didn’t fit perfectly...There have been a number of roles like that. And then a number of roles that do.”