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Gyllenhaal beefs up for boxing role

Jake Gyllenhaal has gone from looking startlingly thin in drama Nightcrawler to bulking up to play a boxer in new movie Southpaw.

In an exclusive new image on Deadline.com, the 33-year-old actor is almost unrecognisable after piling on 15 pounds of pure muscle to play Junior Middleweight Champion Billy 'The Great' Hope in the film directed by Antoine Fuqua.

The actor's huge pecs and biceps and impressive abs are bulging with veins.

Jake previously shed 30 pounds to achieve the drawn appearance he has as an underground crime scene videographer in Nightcrawler. He revealed in a recent interview he looked so thin his mother was worried about him.

Jake said: "I'd say my mother was worried. I would say she just wanted me to be careful. But she also knew and knows how seriously I take what I do and she respects that."

In Southpaw, written by Kurt Sutter, his character is a boxing champion who loses everything in a personal tragedy and is forced to fight his way to redemption.

Fuqua told Deadline: "I'm so pumped, man. Jake is going to change how people see him. I had him training twice a day in the boxing ring, he did two-a-days seven days a week.

"We literally turned him into a beast... Jake, my god, he's a very electric, powerful fighter in this movie, and a guy who fights for his daughter. I'm confident that this will change how people see Jake, as a leading man.

"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...

"No one but fighters understand the sacrifice it takes to be a fighter."

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