So far, early reviews on Jake Gyllenhaal’s boxing drama Southpaw have been mixed, but I tend to like both movies where the on-a-roll actor goes through an intense physical transformation (Nightcrawler) and the rather workmanlike films of director Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer), so I’m totally game. Check out this featurette of just how far both men went to make sure the in-the-ring action looks legit.
Boxing, or any sport really, is one people spend a lifetime perfecting, and as a result it is difficult to pull off on screen. Not to mention that what works in the ring doesn’t necessarily work in a movie. To make sure they got it right, Gyllenhaal and Fuqua spent months training, actor and director together, twice a day. According to what they say here, this process is at least partially responsible for helping both of them get a handle on this character. Hopefully it paid off.
Hopefully Southpaw will be more than just the Over the Top style family custody drama that it looks like when it hits theaters on July 24. Also, despite the title, every single punch I’ve seen Gyllenhaal throw in the promotional build up has been from an orthodox, right-handed stance. Just in case you were wondering.