Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams walked the red carpet outside Scotiabank Theatre last Thursday for the Canadian premiere of their new movie Southpaw.
In yet another role that showcases his remarkable talent, Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. With his wife Maureen (McAdams) and young daughter by his side, Hope has a 40-plus win streak and is seemingly unstoppable. That is until his anger gets the better of him outside of the ring and a split-second decision changes his life, setting him on a rapid downward spiral. The money, the friends and the accolades all start to disappear one by one, leaving Billy to start over again.
Chatting with McAdams at the Toronto event, she says: “At the end of the day I just realized how much sacrifice is involved and what a physically wrenching sport (boxing) is. I think there’s not a lot of protection for boxers, especially young ones. They can have one fight and go down badly and it’s over, you know? There’s no union. So I think it’s a very tough sport that way, and all the more reason why families have to be so protective. Whenever there’s a lot of money involved, you have to be careful of which way people are steering you. I think it’s a dog eat dog sport sometimes.”
Southpaw also stars Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent and Naomie Harris. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and written by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), the film will be released in theatres July 24.