Physical transformation is the new normal in the movies these days, from Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey to Bradley Cooper (see “American Sniper”).
The latest is Jake Gyllenhaal, who dropped 30 pounds by eating next to nothing and running 15 miles to the locations for Indie-Spirit nominated “Nightcrawler,” and then built up 15 pounds of extra muscle working out six hours a day for six months for “Southpaw.” Directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Kurt Sutter, the film also stars Rachel McAdams and Rita Ora.
At his annual Cannes presentation, Weinstein promised that his company would deliver an Oscar nomination for Jake Gyllenhaal for his dramatic role as a troubled, muscle-packed fighter. He explained that the festival offered the movie an official slot, but they withdrew “Southpaw” in order to let Gyllenhaal participate on the Competition jury. He promised to show the film, and his people invited press to a Tuesday night market screening, which was canceled in favor of a later glittery yacht showing attended by Gyllenhaal and celebrities in Cannes, but no press. So what does this all suggest? Critics and audiences have yet to see the film, which opens July 24.