His beefy transformation is kind of unbelievable, and a testament to the great lengths some actors will go to in order to prepare for a new role. And in Jake’s case, he looks almost unrecognizable playing boxer Billy Hope ready to fight in the ring.
In this first official photo released by the studio, Jake’s 15 pounds of muscle are seriously pounding as he puts his boxing bod on full display, teeth baring and all!
The 33-year-old actor trained with real fighters at Church Gym in NYC and at Floyd Mayweather‘s gym in Las Vegas.
In regards to Jake’s regime, Fuqua said “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. I pretty much had him with me and my trainer every day. I took him to almost every fight.”
Daily gym training surely took a toll on the actor’s social life. Fuqua talked about how he asked Jake to literally “sacrifice” everything.
Fuqua added, “I think he broke up with his girlfriend [model AlyssaMiller] because he was just in the gym every day. He was training like a fighter. I had him sparring, really getting hit. I put him in situations where I wanted to see what he was made of. No one but fighters understand the sacrifice it takes to be a fighter.”
This isn’t the first time Jake has transformed his body in incredible ways for a movie. For Nightcrawler (2014), which is currently in theaters, Jake lost nearly 30 lbs in order to physically and mentally play the role of Lou Bloom, a sketchy paparazzo.
Jake will again be reuniting with Antoine Fuqua to film “The Man Who Made It Snow”.