Gyllenhaal’s “Southpaw” Hits Theaters This Summer

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On Thursday, The Weinstein Company announced a release date for Jake Gyllenhaal’s boxing film, Southpaw. Directed by the helmer of Training Day and The Equalizer, Antoine Fuqua, and scribed by Sons of Anarchy creator, Kurt Sutter, Southpaw will be hitting theaters this summer on July 31.

Gyllenhaal, coming off his Golden Globe nominated turn in the excellent Los Angeles after dark thriller, Nightcrawler, clearly put in the time to look like a real fighter. Whereas the actor dropped 30 pounds to play Nightcrawler sociopath Lou Bloom, he bulked up and added 15 pounds of pure muscle to play a lefty junior middleweight champion.

Considering the involvement of Fuqua and Sutter, Southpaw is likely to be gritty and hardcore. Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Sutter’s SOA or just about any of Fuqua’s previous films knows these guys like it rough and grimy.

The fictional tale tells the story of Billy “The Great” Hope who battles personal tragedy and seeks redemption in the ring with the help of his trainer, a former washed up boxer played by Forest Whitaker. The film also features Rachel McAdams, rapper turned boxing promoter, 50 Cent, and former welterweight champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz in supporting roles.

At one time, the film was slated to star Eminem in the lead, but the picture was dropped by Dreamworks in 2011. It landed at MGM in 2013, only to be dropped again before falling into the lap of the Weinstein Company.

Of Gyllenhaal’s performance, Fuqua told Deadline Hollywood, “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. I pretty much had him with me and my trainer every day. I took him to almost every fight. I had him train at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Vegas and we watched Floyd’s fights, and the Manny Pacquiao fight. He trained in New York at Church Gym with real fighters. 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.”

For his part, boxing seems to have found a permanent grip on Gyllenhaal, who in an interview with the LA Times said, “I spent six months training for this. Now I'm looking up boxing all the time. It will be a part of my life forever.”

For those of us who love the fight game, the only thing nearly as good as a great fight is a great boxing movie. Considering the talent involved and the commitment of the lead, Southpaw gives us boxing fans multiple reasons to be excited. Mark your calendar.

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-Brad :

More good attention for boxing. NBC showing prime time fights. This movie then "Hands of Stone" the Roberto Duran movie with Robert DeNiro, Edgar Ramirez, Ellen Barkin and John Turturro will be released December 11 ...all sounds good. If only we could get that Superfight made.


-brownsugar :

This movie is more about Jake extending his range than it is about boxing. From donny darko to broke back mountain to broken noses..... Jake will undoubtedly go down as the guy who could truly do it all. Jake exhibits considerable chops on the silver screen .... No doubt he will add something special to the boxing genre that we haven't seen before while putting on a riveting performance.


-sumopop :

I don't think Jake extending his range and the movie being ABOUT boxing are mutually exclusive, brownsugar. I agree wholeheartedly with everything else you said.


-brownsugar :

I don't think Jake extending his range and the movie being ABOUT boxing are mutually exclusive, brownsugar. I agree wholeheartedly with everything else you said.
Fair enough Sumopop... I probably should have said that Jake chose the role because he relishes the challenge to extend his range.


-amayseng :

He became a passionate fight fan, good for him. Looking forward to the movie, he has been outstanding in everything recently.


-stormcentre :

I don't think Jake extending his range and the movie being ABOUT boxing are mutually exclusive, brownsugar. I agree wholeheartedly with everything else you said.
Hey, I was the first to start using terms like "mutually exclusive/inclusive" here. You didn't even come and ask me first. Where's the manners in that? Whether or not you use the mutually exclusive term freely and that meets my approval; is itself not necessarily mutually exclusive. Rock on, not in a mutually exclusive way; but mutually inclusively. :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:


-the Roast :

Has anyone else seen the Gyllenhaal movie where he plays two roles? I think it's called Enemy. Good movie, strange ending. Storm, I replied to your Genie Bouchard thoughts in my Random segment. I didn't want any of that Alvarado stink on Genie.


-amayseng :

Has anyone else seen the Gyllenhaal movie where he plays two roles? I think it's called Enemy. Good movie, strange ending. Storm, I replied to your Genie Bouchard thoughts in my Random segment. I didn't want any of that Alvarado stink on Genie.
Fantastic movie. Check out Prisoners as well. Fantastic, although his performance was over shined by a great pace, plot and overall performances all around.


-the Roast :

Fantastic movie. Check out Prisoners as well. Fantastic, although his performance was over shined by a great pace, plot and overall performances all around.
I saw that one too. Jake is good. Looking forword to Nightcrawler becoming rentable soon.


-stormcentre :

Has anyone else seen the Gyllenhaal movie where he plays two roles? I think it's called Enemy. Good movie, strange ending. Storm, I replied to your Genie Bouchard thoughts in my Random segment. I didn't want any of that Alvarado stink on Genie.
Hey Roast. Thanks for line. Man I am totally clueless and more vacant than Johnny Rotten lost and wandering into an advanced algebra class after a hard night punking about on stage with my safety pinned singlet, stupidly thinking I can play the guitar. Perhaps it has something to do with a 4 day sleepless cooking stint in my caravan that - along with my sanity and sensibility - has just come to an end. What and where is your random segment (sorry if I should know)? Actually, that line might work as a very crude pick-up line. :cool:


-amayseng :

I saw that one too. Jake is good. Looking forword to Nightcrawler becoming rentable soon.
Yep I'm waiting for that one as well


-brownsugar :

Night crawler was pretty good... I had no complaints.... Not as good as John Wick...but it was different.. Jake playing the role of an ambitious sleaze bucket paparazzi type.


-the Roast :

You have never noticed the Random Topic section Storm?


-stormcentre :

You have never noticed the Random Topic section Storm?
Well, after reading your initial response, to which mine above replies, I did scrimmage about and eventually found the "random topics" link at the bottom of one of the forums. That then led me to somewhere where you discussed a beautiful tennis matchup between the two angels; where it really wouldn't matter if they both never hit the tennis ball - so long as they continuously ran around the courts heaving themselves in various directions and positions. :) But your term "random segments" threw me off the trail, as I initially expected it to be in the boxing channel forum where your other KOC piece usually is. That said, Genie is the go. Did you like how our Australian tennis commentator asked her to "do a little twirl" on court and during an after match interview? Despite the heat he copped for that; that right there tells you what's happening with her audience numbers. Genie is (better than) the Anna Kornikova (in many ways) that can actually play tennis. She gets my vote. I wonder if she would be interested in my training services? I have a few ideas that Ann Wolf gave me. :)