Jake Gyllenhaal is unrecognizable as boxer Billy Hope in first 'Southpaw' image

December 1, 2014 4:15 PM

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Jake Gyllenhaal is unrecognizable as boxer Billy Hope in first 'Southpaw' image

The shocking first photo from the film shows a ripped, shirtless Gyllenhaal in the ring and looking ready to fight. The actor takes on the role of Billy Hope, a boxer who fights his way to the top of his sport, only to find his life falling apart around him.

Southpaw also stars True Detective's Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Rita Ora, Victor Ortiz, Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directs the drama and told Deadline he was quite impressed with Gyllenhaal's performance.

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