Photo: Gyllenhaal Beefs Up In “Southpaw”

Jake Gyllenhaal dropped 25 pounds for his role in Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” the actor looking decidedly gaunt and under nourished for his role as a sociopathic freelance crime photographer.

Once production on that wrapped, he went to work building his body back up for Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama “Southpaw”. Putting 15 pounds of muscle back onto his frame, the actor remade himself physically with twice a day, seven days a week workouts. As a result, he became extra ripped for the part.

Deadline has now posted the first photo of Gyllenhaal’s new build in the film, the actor playing Junior Middleweight Champion Billy ‘The Great’ Hope, a champ who loses everything in a personal tragedy and is forced to fight his way to redemption.

Talking about the actor’s commitment to the film, Fuqua says: “I asked this guy from day one, ‘I need you in the gym every day. I need you to train every day.’ And I said, ‘The word is sacrifice.’ Literally. I think he broke up with his girlfriend because he was just in the gym every day. He was training like a fighter. I had him sparring, really getting hit. I put him in situations where I wanted to see what he was made of. No one but fighters understand the sacrifice it takes to be a fighter.”