I wasn’t sure if that was a painting or the real deal. It is indeed the real deal.
Jake has been hitting the gym something fierce for his new role as boxer Billy Hope in the movie Southpaw and thanks to the image released by Deadline we get to see just how well the work is paying off.
While the world is amazed at the 15 or so lbs that he has put on for the role, we quickly forgot about the weight that he lost for ‘Nightcrawler’. During an interview earlier this year he described himself as a Coyote, and that the lean look was necessary to make his character in ‘Nightcrawler’ believable,
“I would try to eat as few calories as possible. I knew if I was hungry that I was in the right spot. Physically, it showed itself, but chemically and mentally, I think it was even a more fascinating journey. It became a struggle for me.”
For ‘Southpaw’ Gyllenhaal has taken a Hugh Jackman type dedication to prepare both mentally and physically for the role. The film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua who says that the plan was for fans to shake the Gyllenhaal we just saw in Nightcrawler and give us something new. Fuqua describes the intense regimen,
“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… I’m confident that this will change how people see Jake, as a leading man.”
Fuqua says that he believes that Jake has even broken up with a girlfriend because of the training. He said that he encouraged Jake to take on more “manly” roles,
I met Jake years ago before he did End of Watch, and I saw something in him. I told him he needed to do more masculine films because I could see he had this power in him, and good size, and great expressive eyes.
I think Fuqua was saying nicely, you need to shake that Broke Back Mountain movie and move on, which Jake has successfully done. In Prince of Persia, Gyllenhaal was quite ripped, although in Southpaw, I’d say he’s buff.
Southpaw is another boxer movie where the hero overcomes incredible challenges both inside and outside the ring. Just when things are going well inside the ring for our hero, his life is falling apart outside. Cast along with Gyllenhaal is Naomie Harris as well as Forest Whitaker who plays a boxer forced to retire because of damage to his eye. Very appropriate.
The film is slated to be released next near. After that photo we can’t wait to see the trailer.