Obviously losing 30 pounds for his role in 'Nightcrawler' wasn't enough for Jake Gyllenhaal to prove to the world he takes his roles very seriously.
On Friday, Deadline published the first picture from the star's upcoming movie 'Southpaw', and to say we didn't recognize him is an understatement!
Director Antoine Fuqua told the website, "We literally turned him into a beast." Err, you can say that again!
The 33-year-old actor gained 15 pounds of pure muscle to play Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope, a boxing champion who loses everything after his wife dies in a tragic accident, forcing him to fight his way back to the top.
The 'Donnie Darko' star is already being compared to Robert DeNiro in 'Raging Bull' and Mark Wahlberg in 'The Fighter.'
Fuqua told Deadline, “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."
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