Jake Gyllenhaal wants to be Hollywood's next action hero.

The 'Prince of Persia: Sands of Time' star, who has played action roles in 'Jarhead' and 'The Day After Tomorrow', admits he wants to become known for his physical performances.

He said: "I've always wanted to do this - it's like a childhood dream. I love being physical, I'm very athletic and I like pushing myself. And I also like combat. Any opportunity to fight!"

The 29-year-old actor also suggests he is not scared of doing his own stunts, and in the new 'Prince of Persia' movie he hurt himself regularly.

He told Total Film magazine: "Even if I didn't pull it off and they had to use stuntmen, I would always try it first.

"I pulled some shoulders and I strained some backs and I screwed up my ankles a few times but nothing to worry about.

"On one take, I actually punched a guy in the face by mistake. I spend the rest of the takes trying not to punch him in the face, which is a strange irony really."

'Prince of Persia: Sands of Time' sees Jake take on the main role of Prince Dastan, alongside Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina.

The film is released worldwide during May.