The New York City red carpet for the Southpaw premiere last night (Jul. 20, 2015) was looking mighty fine.
Eminem, who originally was approached to star in the Gyllenhaal role of champion boxer Billy Hope, was at the premiere will fellow rapper-actor 50 Cent, who plays the fighter’s hotshot manager. Eminem, who won a Best Song Oscar for “Lose Yourself” from 2002’s 8 Mile, wrote and performs “Phenomenal,” the key track for the new film.
Coming off his acclaimed star turn in last year’s Nightcrawler, in which he was looking quite gaunt, Gyllenhaal had to pack on 30 pounds for the role — mostly muscle — and spent five months of daily training as he learned how to box.
Gyllenhaal plays down-on-his-luck boxer Billy Hope, who struggles with drug abuse, after losing his wife (played by Rachel McAdams) and his daughter (Oona Laurence) is taken from him.
The only way Hope can win back his family — and beat his drug habit — is by going back into the ring for another pro boxing match, with the help of trainer Titus “Tick” Wills (Forest Whitaker).
Launch the gallery above to see more photos from the New York Ctity premiere of Southpaw.