Jake Gyllenhaal Trains Hard in Southpaw Featurette

A new featurette for Southpaw has been released, giving us an idea of just how much work it took Jake Gyllenhaal to get in the right physical shape to play a light heavyweight boxing champion on his road to redemption.

“I knew nothing about boxing when I started really,” Gyllenhaal says. “And I knew that in order for me to pull it off – in any way – I was just going to have to learn how to do it.”

The featurette reveals that director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) decided to join Gyllenhaal on his physical journey, joining him in the gym and, from what it looks like here, getting in pretty good shape in the process.

Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Clare Foley, Miguel Gomez, Victor Ortiz, Rita Ora and Naomie Harris, hits U.S. cinemas on July 24 and Australian cinemas on August 20.

Official synopsis for Southpaw:

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.