Jake Gyllenhaal Hits the Shower for His Fitness Routine

05/10/2010 at 06:30 PM ET

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After bulking up for his role for the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Jake Gyllenhaal‘s body has been sparking equal parts envy and desire — but just like the fabled Samson, the new action star’s strength, it seems, is all in his tousled hair. “The Jake Gyllenhaal workout plan…starts with growing long, long hair,” the actor jokes with Entertainment Tonight Canada. “Very long…gorgeous greasy locks and then washing every day….Wash, shampoo, then condition. Washing works the biceps and then the triceps by conditioning. And vigorously rubbing all of your body with soap really defines the abs and the pectoral muscles. And if you do squats while you’re bathing — that’s it!” Jokes aside, the star also revealed a serious side when it came to getting in prime shape for the role. “It was really important for me to be able to do all the stunts and the things asked of me,” he says of his desire to make a believably stalwart hero. But now that the film is wrapped, the actor isn’t quite as hardcore about his workout routine. “I don’t have any muscles anymore now. It’s all just whittled down to little twigs,” he quips. “I walk around unable to move my arms.” Sounds like it’s time to start lathering up that shampoo! –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester

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Bee on

I wouldn’t mind if Jake were in every movie ever made. His eyes are so dreamy.

Jon on

Very interesting to hear! Also, good for Christina Applegate for not having time for stress & self-pity!

ST on

Where’s the picture of Jake hitting the shower? LOL

Elda on

i agree/ where’s the shower picture at?? Jake, u are MMMMMMMMMMM!

Karen B. on

Whew – the religious folk need to relax and spend as much time reading a dictionary as a bible. A “fable” can be used in the context of an “epic” story, or a tale of an extraordinary or supernatural people or events. People talk about the “fabled” armies of Genghis Khan. It does not per se imply fiction or untruth. I am an observant and religious person. I believe in Sampson – and his fabled strength and courage. I mean, really. Relax. (PS – Jake is too big like this. To bulky. I like the lean look better for him.)

Allison on

A fable is a story used to teach a lesson. Relax, bible thumpers.

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Treva on

No matter how cute he is, I am boycotting this movie. I am soooo sick of Hollywood whitewashing movies. I could have even handled Jake in the lead, all movies need a major star to ensure success nowadays, but instead of getting an Indian actress to play the princess they went and got a porcelin skinned Brit.But i bet they found plenty of Persians to play the villians and belly dancers. NO THANK YOU. How many opportunities do Indian actresses have to play a lead in Hollywood? I can count hand the number of Indian actors/actresses on tv/movies over the last 10 years. Yet they have a white leading man and woman in a movie about a persian hero. Joy.

and no, i am not indian. Just someone who notices when things are unjust

Me on

Love his sense of humor, makes him even hotter, if that’s possible!!

Lynn on

I can understand Treva’s concern regarding race when casting roles. But, let’s face it, the concern of producers is to make money. This movie looks ridiculous to me – not my type of movie at all. But Jake might just get me in the theatre. And that’s all they care about. It’s not a “serious” movie. It’s simply a typical American escapist flick.

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