Jake Gyllenhaal has captured the attention of a lot of people inside and outside of the movie industry. Gyllenhaal had shed somewhere in the range of 25 lbs to play the lead in Nightcrawler, a film about a serial killer. Now, Gyllenhaal has gained massive amount of weight back. It’s not fat either. Gyllenhaal looks ripped to shreds in shirtless pictures from the project.
The film, entitled Southpaw, is a boxing drama. The film is about Billy “The Great” Hope, a down on his luck fighter who suffers a series of personal tragedies. Now, he is on the comeback trail to be a winner once again. Gyllenhaal takes over the role of Eminem who was once considered for the project. Sports movies are not known for doing well. Rocky was the obvious exception. Not many other boxing movies outside of the Rocky sequels made cash. New York’s finest Ben Shaoul thinks this project might be a little different.
Gyllenhaal probably was attracted to something special about the script. Liking the script is one thing. Looking the right way for the part is another matter. To look credible in the role of a boxer, an actor has to be really ripped and in shape. Really, the character does have to be a bit larger than life because people expect a boxer in the movies to be a hero. Hopefully, the film will live up to the hype that is surrounding it