Last year, Matthew McConaughey won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a role that made him go from lean and muscular heartthrob to emaciated AIDS patient.
The fact that Matthew McConaughey lost weight and muscle to make himself look like someone suffering from a terminal illness made it that much easier to believe he had truly become Ron Woodroof.
The latest actor to go through one of those notable body transformations for a role is Jake Gyllenhaal.
After losing 25 pounds for his role in “Nightcrawler,” the actor put some of it back in the form of pure muscle for his new starring role in “Southpaw.” The movie documents the story of Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “the Great” Hope perseverance over his personal tragedy.
Director Antoine Fuqua, fresh off working with Denzel Washington in “The Equalizer,” has nothing but positive things to say about Jake Gyllenhaal.
Recently Antoine Fuqua spoke to Deadline about his expectations for how people will react to Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in “Southpaw.” “Jake is going to change how people see him.
I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring, he did two-a-days seven days a week,” said Fuqua.
“We literally turned him into a beast…
Jake, my god, he’s a very electric, powerful fighter in this movie, and a guy who fights for his daughter.
I’m confident that this will change how people see Jake, as a leading man.” As for what his body ultimately looks like now after his rigorous training with Fuqua, fans can now check out the first photo from the film below.
“Southpaw” has been getting some buzz over the past year as different high profile actors circled certain roles, the final casting options settling on Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, and Naomie Harris.
The movie is currently in post-production , but there’s no set date yet for its theatrical release.
Perhaps this transformation from Jake Gyllenhaal is an early signifier that he may be on his way to another Oscar nomination.