Jake Gyllenhaal struggled to fake a British accent.

Last Updated: May 14, 2010, 09:20 AM IST

Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal`s biggest challenge whilst making his new film `Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time` was faking a British accent.

The American actor, who plays the role of Prince Dastan in new movie `Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time`, admitted getting into shape might have been tough, but faking the British accent was even more demanding, BangShowbiz online reported.

"The accent definitely. It`s daunting trying to do any kind of service as an American to such a beautiful, fluid speech pattern that you all have. We are just barbarians in comparison," he said.

The 29-year-old heartthrob, who stars alongside Gemma Arterton in the action adventure movie, claimed it was only through the persistence of director Mike Newell that he managed to pull it off.

"It did help being surrounded by an international crew, but a primarily British cast and somewhat British crew. So I would speak, as soon as I got out of the car, I would speak with the accent all day and journey from region to region around England as I spoke to different people, Gyllenhaal said.

"Sometimes I would sound like them in takes and the director Mike Newell would shout, `Dear boy, that doesn`t sound right, do it again!`. I would say the accent was the hardest part to manage," he added.

PTI

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