Jake Gyllenhaal packed on the pounds — pounds of muscle — for his latest film role. First, the dude lost 20 pounds for his role in Nightcrawler. Now he’s gained that and then some, for his role as a boxer in Southpaw. Apparently, he worked out six days a week for six hours per day. Six hours. That’s a full time job. And here are the results:
According to the director (Antoine Fuqua), this is role is gonna be a game changer. Via PEOPLE:
Jake is going to change how people see him. I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring.
… We literally turned him into a beast.
So what do you think of this new look? Upgrade or downgrade? Personally, I’m speechless. I don’t even recognize Mr. Gyllenhaal in there. It’s kind of scary.
Rachel McAdams and Jake Gyllenhaal have been spending a lot of time together because they’re working on a movie called Southpaw. However, their relationship seems to be extending past the co-worker title and might be getting a little more serious, if you wanna take anything from how often they’re together even off-set.
The costars let loose at Brenda & Ken of Wolfies Pub with about 60 others following a private dinner at Donatellos Restaurant.
“The owner of Donatellos bought them all a round of shots when they first walked in the door to get the party started. Rachel and Jake, along with the director and crew, were on the dance floor and mixing it up,” the source tells Us.
McAdams, 35, sipped on a Grey Goose martini and later switched to a Maker’s Mark on the rocks during the fun night out. Gyllenhaal, for his part, stuck to Guinness — that is, when he wasn’t doing Trey Songz’s Wobble Dance! “He wasn’t bad at all,” the source notes.
When it got too crowded, the costars then moved to a corner table for more privacy and eventually left around 2 a.m. “They were still having fun but mostly just hung out and talked,” the insider says.
Eh, I dunno. To add some context, this bar is in Indiana, Pennsylvania, so besides hanging out with each other, there’s not much going on, I don’t think. It’s not like they’re in some huge metropolis where they probably have other friends and shit to do.
I can’t really see them together, to be honest. Then again, I can’t see Jake with anyone, especially not while he’s still in Mountain Man mode.
Look, I’m going to admit it: I want Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling to fall (back) in love just like in The Notebook (note: I have never seen The Notebook) and be together forever. APPARENTLY, however, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards at the moment since it’s looking like Rachel is involved with Jake Gyllenhaal. DOWNGRADE.
Rumors about the pair’s status have been picking up steam ever since early June, when they were seen having dinner together at Pittsburgh eatery Meat and Potatoes. A fan posted a picture of them on Instagram — and things took off from there.
An insider tells Us, however, that Gyllenhaal, 33, and McAdams, 35, are simply doing their due diligence to prepare for their new film, Southpaw, which stars the Nightcrawler actor as a boxer. “They’ve just been meeting about the movie…It’s really coming together,” the source says, noting that they have “good chemistry.” Adds another source: “Jake and Rachel are just friends.”
Sure, they could just be hanging out because they’re doing a movie together and it’s all part of the research, according to what that “insider” claims. However, I dunno – I’ve got my money on this being a new pairing, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. It’s good to see Jake is looking less insane than he was the last time we saw him, but he’s no Gosling.
Jake Gyllenhaal punched a mirror and had to get stitches. No, it wasn’t exactly a fluke accident, like Zac Efron’s jaw-breaker. Mr. Gyllenhaal was really into his character. He did it while filming Nightcrawler, for which he lost about 20 pounds. He was really into the scene and actually punched a mirror and it broke and cut him pretty badly. Here’s more from People, via USA Today:
People.com reports that he “flipped out” and punched a mirror. All as part of the scene.
Mara Buxbaum, Gyllenhaal’s rep, told AP that he was back for a final day of filming after “a few hours in the emergency room.”
She confirmed that he hit a mirror, which unexpectedly broke and cut his hand. She said it was “badly cut up” and required “numerous stiches,” reports AP
Yikes. Sounds like he’s turning into Christian Bale. That guy really puts everything into his work. Sometimes too much. Remember when he yelled at the lighting guy? Classic Bale.
Here’s what he said about losing the weight (from E! News via E Online):
I can only approach things from a mental place. Like I’m playing a character who’s hungry, figuratively and literally, who’s driven in ways to do things and succeed at any cost. And I think that defines a generation in a lot of way so I wanted to get their mentally and then have it transform me physically, because I am not one to rely on science as much as I am on just sort of instinct. That’s sort of the character.
Why is it that when guys lose weight for film roles it’s because they’re playing mentally unstable characters (like Christian Bale in The Machinist) whereas women are just always expected to lose weight no matter the role? Yeah, I went there. Just throwing that question out.
I read somewhere once that when Tom Hanks lost weight for Castaway he did it by eating a few handfuls of rice every day. And that Christian Bale lost his weight for the aforementioned role by only eating apples or something equally ridiculous. But it worked. It’s kind of horrifying how well.
Oh, my God. This might be one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen. No joke, ever – in life. Jake Gyllenhaal slitting girls’ throats with fencing … things? Taking drugs? Smoking cigarettes? Bashing people’s skulls off of bathroom mirrors?
Also, this music just isn’t good. I know there’s probably a lot of people out there who like that double-bass pedal thing with the closed highhats, but frankly, it frightens me. And I guess that’s what this video and this song is supposed to do: inspire fear. Scariest. f-cking. video. ever. It’s like American Psycho meets That 70′s Show. Without all of the pretty colors.
I will never look at Jake Gyllenhaal the same again. Donnie Darko almost killed him for me, but then there was Brokeback Mountain and The Day After Tomorrow – which is seriously, like one of my favorite movies – but there is no redemption from this psychopathic music video appearance.
As for the video, I need some theories. I need an explanation. What’s his trigger here? Is he epileptic? Do the flashing strobes in clubs send him off the edge? Or is it this seizure music? Watching others dance convulsively? Is that what does it? Or maybe if he just did dance, all of his weird, murderous idiosyncrasies would disappear. Is that the moral of the story, Shoes? Is it ‘dance or go crazy and kill randoms instead’? And if so, why does it have to be such a hard choice? Some people just can’t dance, you know.
Either that, or these two just like to exclusively bond over their mutual love and appreciation for good food and wine. I know that there’ve been a good many relationships where visiting restaurants was really the crux of the pairing in my life, and there wasn’t really much outside dining together at delectable eateries, but Jake Gyllenhaal doesn’t really strike me that way, no. Jake is more serious, more involved in his relationships, and I just couldn’t see him spending frivolous time, sitting at a table in some random, faceless restaurant with a woman that he really and truly didn’t care for.