Jake Gyllenhaal Is Ripped and Unrecognizable in ‘Southpaw’ First Photo

Jake Gyllenhaal Ripped Southpaw
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

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.

SEE ALSO: Jake Gyllenhaal on Losing 30 Pounds and Himself in ‘Nightcrawler’

“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.”

Deadline was fist to reveal the image.

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  1. I can’t wait to see Jake in Southpaw and I wanted to buy the DVD when it become available.

  2. From playing tummy sticks in Brokeback Mountain to playing a professional fighter in Southpaw. Dude’s got range.

  3. Awesome says:

    He’s really starting to transform as an actor. End of Watch and Prisoners were both recent and great movies featuring him.

  4. johnny says:

    A movie about a white boxer ? Yeah pretty original im skipping this . and these guys used steroids and peds to get into shape quickly . There are no laW’s against actors using peds.

  5. Kobe says:

    You ain’t a man until you’re Angry & Imposing! Will Jake start rapping too?

  6. Truth says:

    This is mental illness. Welcome to the club Jake!

  7. ezekiel says:

    alas, trading health for drama…

  8. My eye open wide when I saw the photo of Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw. He didn’t look the same person. I can’t wait to see Southpaw when it debut in the theater next year.

  9. Plain Dealer says:

    Wow! That is one focused dude! Really liked him in “Source Code”. Seems like an all around impressive guy.

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