Jake Gyllenhaal Explains His Fear of Ostriches

Jake Gyllenhaal

Andrew Cooper/Disney

updated 05/10/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 05/10/2010 AT 10:50 AM ET

Jake Gyllenhaal worked hard to embody the fearless hero Prince Dastan in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time – getting bulked up and mastering sword fighting and the acrobatic art of parkour.

One thing he couldn’t conquer? His fear of ostriches.

“They would say, ‘Don’t make any noise around the ostriches. They’ll tear out your eyes and rip out your heart.’ So, I was naturally terrified,” Gyllenhaal, 29, said with a laugh at Sunday’s London premiere of the movie, which opens May 28 in the U.S. “They look like they’re innocent, but they’re really not.”


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