New clip reveals the intense training regimen for Gyllenhaal to play the role of a boxer
Jake Gyllenhaal transformed himself into a jacked and muscular boxer for his upcoming film “Southpaw” but the 34-year old actor, who was a bit towards skinny side, really had to train hard and underwent grueling training regime to achieve this altogether different physique.
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A new exclusive clip reveals how Gyllenhaal got this jaw dropping body to play the character of a fictional boxer Billy Hope.
“I knew nothing about boxing when I started really, and I knew that in order for me to pull it off in any way, I was just gonna have to learn to do it.” Gyllenhaal said in the clip. “And when I set my mind to something I just won’t stop until I do it. It’s something I pride myself on, and it’s something I hate about myself.”
Gyllenhaal’s trainer planned a strict workout routine in order to make him look a real boxer. He did 1,000 sit-ups a day, 100 pull-ups, 100 dips and 200 squats. Rope jumping, punching and sparring drills and running eight miles a day was also a part of his routine.
Antoine Fuqua, the director of the film, said. “I was starting to see him get his own swagger, getting his own rhythm as a fighter.”
Gyllenhaal gained 15 pounds of muscle as a result of that intense training, which began six months prior to the shooting. It not just the upcoming film but Brokeback Mountain famed actor seems to take his every single role very seriously and is not hesitant to transform his body if it is needed. Gyllenhaal bulked up for playing a troubled soldier in “Jarhead” and turned into scary skinny for “Nightcrawler” last year.
Besides Jake Gyllenhaal, “Southpaw” features Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Tyrese Gibson and Victor Ortiz and is set to release on July 24, 2015.
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