First Look: Jake Gyllenhaal is a Buff and Bloody Boxer in 'Southpaw'
There's no doubt that Jake Gyllenhaal is enjoying a career boom much in the same fashion that Matthew McConaughey has over the past few years. And just like McConaughey underwent a drastic transformation for his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club, the Nightcrawler and Brokeback Mountain star has done something similar, but on the complete opposite end of the body spectrum. A first look photo from Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama Southpaw has just emerged, in which Gyllenhaal plays Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope, and as you can see, the Oscar nominee is absolutely ripped. Look below!
Here's the first photo from Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw from Deadline (obviously):
On Gyllenhaal's performance, Fuqua said:
"Jake is going to change how people see him. I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring, he did two-a-days seven days a week. I pretty much had him with me and my trainer every day. I took him to almost every fight. I had him train at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Vegas and we watched Floyd’s fights, and the Manny Pacquiao fight. He trained in New York at Church Gym with real fighters. We literally turned him into a beast… Jake, my god, he’s a very electric, powerful fighter in this movie, and a guy who fights for his daughter. I’m confident that this will change how people see Jake, as a leading man."
Southpaw is directed by Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer, Olympus Has Fallen, Shooter, Training Day) and written by Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy" and "The Shield"). Jake Gyllenhaal plays Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope, a lefty champ who loses everything in a personal tragedy and is forced to literally fight his way to redemption. Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and more star in the film expected in theaters sometime in 2015. Stay tuned for updates on the film as they arrive.