Friday Flashback: 27 Photos of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Evolution Through the Years
Friday marks a big day in the career history of Jake Gyllenhaal. His latest movie, Southpaw, finally hits theaters.
This may not seem extraordinary considering the 34-year-old’s long list of movie roles, but this one is a bit different – we’re about to see him like we’ve never seen him before.
For starters, Gyllenhaal completely transformed his body to play boxer Billy Hope, getting insanely ripped – mind you, less than a year after coming off his role in Nightcrawler during which he was forced to lose a ton of weight. Not to mention, the actor actually got into the ring himself – no stunt doubles, no nothing – and learned how to box. His co-star Rachel McAdams couldn’t help but become awe-inspired by his transformation – not only physically, but also emotionally
But before he became this badass fighting machine, Gyllenhaal has come down a long, long road. Starting off in the industry at a mere 10-years-old and taking on his first leading role as a hot nerd in October Sky at 19, Gyllenhaal has nearly 25 years leading up to this moment. He’s solidified his uber hotness playing a gay man in Brokeback Mountain and shown us he can transform into character as the lead in Nightcrawler.
So in honor of his latest big-time role, we’re celebrating him by taking a look back at his evolution over the years.