After dropping 30 pounds for his role as a bug-eyed sociopath “journalist” in “Nightcrawler,” Jake Gyllenhaal has now bulked up for his latest project.
Gyllenhaal looks unrecognizable in the first photo from his upcoming Weinstein Co. film “Southpaw,” in which he plays a professional boxer. The actor reportedly packed on 15 pounds of muscle to bring Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope to the bigscreen.
The actor told Variety‘s Ramin Setoodeh during an interview for a September cover story that he worked out six hours a day for six months to build enough muscle to look like a championship prize fighter. This is a far cry from his preparation for “Nightcrawler,” which involved eating as little as possible (if at all) and running 15 miles from his house to the set.
“A lot of people see Jake as a nice young Jewish kid from Beverly Hills,” Antoine Fuqua, who cast Gyllenhaal in the pic, told Setoodeh earlier this year. “I said, ‘Nah!’ He’s a man now. There’s something in his eyes that people don’t see. He’s got anger in him.”
The director then compared Gyllenhaal’s transformation to that of two other greats.
“Two people have done this in their lives,” Fuqua said. “Robert De Niro in ‘Raging Bull’ and Denzel Washington in ‘The Hurricane.’ Those kinds of guys are rare.”
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