How Jake Gyllenhaal Transformed into a Southpaw Boxing Champ

December 1, 2014 4:19 PM

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In an image reversal that's increasingly common today on the big screen, Jake Gyllenhaal has transformed himself from the creepy cameraman Louis Bloom in Nightcrawler to a fierce welterweight boxer in Southpaw. His secret to the rapid change? To truly become boxer-fit.

"I lived in [the competitive fighting] world for six months," he says. Leading up to filming he took in a number of HBO fights, along with director Antoine Fuqua, paying visits to Vegas and Madison Square Garden in New York for the Miguel Cotto versus Sergio Martinez fight. (He says Cotto is his fav...

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