Jake Gyllenhaal Is All Muscles And Tattoos In The Boxing Drama 'Southpaw'
Because you're fooling yourself if you're a serious actor who hasn't done a boxing film. If you wanted the archetypical boxing film, you've got it in Southpaw. Jake Gyllenhaal goes hard with ink and a distinctly non-Nightcrawler'physique to play a fighter with a heart of gold. In typical boxing movie fashion, he hits rock bottom in a number of ways (it's not exactly clear what goes down in the trailer), and is forced to work his way back up, training with Forrest Whitaker. And apparently managed by 50 Cent. The film comes from Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, so there's more than a little grit in the storytelling. As his character says in the film, Gyllenhaal wants to fight again. He wants to get his kid back. Such is the plight of the cinematic boxer. (A.V. Club)