Actor Jake Gyllenhaal acquired ripped to battle MMA star Conor McGregor in motion movie Highway Home

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AUSTIN, Texas – The motion film Highway Home stars a chiselled Jake Gyllenhaal as a former mixed-martial arts (MMA) fighter who will get greater than he bargains for working as a bouncer.

And a yr after the American actor’s ripped physique for the movie went viral, it’s lastly obtainable on Prime Video.

Co-starring Irish MMA champion Conor McGregor because the antagonist and American singer Put up Malone in a cameo, the film is a reimagining of the cult 1989 movie of the identical identify starring the late Patrick Swayze, identified for its over-the-top motion and tacky one-liners.

In March 2023, a video from the set confirmed Gyllenhaal wanting each bit the fighter as he knocked out an opponent in a battle scene.

However on the South by Southwest movie competition in Austin, Texas, earlier in March, moviegoers lastly acquired a correct have a look at the Hollywood star’s spectacular abilities and physique, the results of months of rigorous MMA coaching.

Requested how he achieved this, the 43-year-old – who was Oscar-nominated for enjoying a closeted cowboy in romantic drama Brokeback Mountain (2005) – gestures in the direction of the viewers and says: “I had an excellent staff of individuals serving to me and a few of them are right here tonight.”

Gyllenhaal is not any stranger to enterprise drastic bodily transformations for performing roles.

To play a boxer within the sports activities drama Southpaw (2015), he gained a muscular 28kg and took punches to the face.

And it was his thought to shed 13kg so his crime reporter character within the thriller Nightcrawler (2014) would look gaunt.

“I like to get in form,” says Gyllenhaal, who additionally received popularity of his position within the thriller Prisoners (2013). “And when you realize you’re going to be up in opposition to someone like Conor McGregor, it’s a must to have one thing.”

Enjoying a key antagonist within the movie, McGregor, 35, is a worldwide famous person on this planet of fight sports activities and one of many greatest names within the Final Combating Championship (UFC), the premier organisation for MMA competitors.

Gyllenhaal’s character, Dalton, is a one-time UFC champ who left the game in shame and is down on his luck.

He dusts off his preventing abilities when the proprietor of a bar in Florida hires him to take care of native troublemakers.

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