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Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Trains for ‘Southpaw’ — And an Oscar Nomination?

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Trains for 'Southpaw' — And an Oscar Nomination?

Jake Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation in "Southpaw" is the stuff awards are made of, from Christian Bale in "The Fighter" to Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club" and even Gyllenhaal in "Nightcrawler."

Though he failed to land an Oscar nom for that film—in which he dropped 30 pounds—Harvey Weinstein promises Gyllenhaal will be a leading Best Actor contender for Antoine Fuqua’s "Southpaw," opening July 24. In the clip below, watch how he trained to jump into the ring for "Southpaw," building up 15 pounds of muscle working out six hours a day for six months. (Also, curiously, he sports a topknot in the interview segments.)

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