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Jake Gyllenhaal Got Totally Jacked For His Boxing Movie: See The Picture Here

How do we get muscles like Jake?

Some roles require a whole lot more than just memorizing lines, and it looks like Jake Gyllenhaal is joining the ranks of actors who can attest to that.

The “Nighcrawler” actor went through an amazing transformation into a physical specimen for his next role as a championship prize fighter in the upcoming Antoine Fuqua-directed movie, “Southpaw.”

The movie still shows Gyllenhaal in a boxing ring with at least an 15 extra pounds of ripped muscle and a bruising scowl that’s sure to convince audiences that he’s Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope, the lefty boxer who fights his way to redemption after tragedy strikes.

With his extreme dedication to the role, Gyllenhaal joins an elite coterie of actors who have trained their way to boxing movie greatness: Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull”), Mark Wahlberg (“The Fighter”) and Denzel Washington (“The Hurricane”).

Fuqua, who will also direct Gyllenhaal in “The Man Who Made It Snow,” believes Gyllenhaal’s sacrifice—he literally broke up with his girlfriend because of his training schedule—will change everyone’s perception of him as a leading man with his startling portrayal of Hope.

“I’m so pumped man,” 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. I’m confident that this will change how people see Jake, as a leading man.”

He’s definitely changed our perception.

What do you think? Does Jake’s beasty transformation make you want to go see “Southpaw?”