The Weinstein Company is excited to share amazing never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes of their upcoming boxing drama, SOUTHPAW. This incredible new clip dives into the grueling, intense training regimen that Academy Award® nominated star Jake Gyllenhaal underwent with director Antoine Fuqua to prepare for his demanding role as fighter Billy “The Great” Hope. Watch the video below to get a look at how Jake managed to transform himself, both mentally and physically, into a light heavyweight champion in just a few months time. Be sure to catch SOUTHPAW when it hits theaters everywhere on July 24th!
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriter Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight 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.
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