Jake Gyllenhaal is Virtually Unrecognizable, Once Again, in First Southpaw Trailer

March 27, 2015 3:05 PM

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We’ve seen Jake Gyllenhaal be intense onscreen before—that mirror scene from Nightcrawler became an Internet meme for a reason. And we’ve seen Jake Gyllenhaal be brutal before—or, at least, everyone who made End of Watch a modest hit has. But it’s hard to think of anything more intense and more brutal than what we see in this first trailer for Southpaw, the boxing drama from director Antoine Fuqua. Gyllenhaal seems to have his eye bruised shut in every scene, and just when you think the movie might get some levity from a romance on the side, Rachel McAdams’s wife character gets shot. In a hotel lobby. 45 seconds into the trailer!

So Southpaw is for those of you who love Rocky but wanted it to be a little more tough and bloody—and luckily, given the legacy of everything from Raging Bull to Warrior, that’s a whole lot of people. Arriving in theaters at the end of July, with a motley cast that includes everyone from Forest Whit...

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