'Southpaw' Director Antoine Fuqua Pulls No Punches in Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

Stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams praise the filmmaker's style: "He brings the sizzle and the pop."

Antoine Fuqua's vision for boxing drama Southpaw is the subject of a new behind-the-scenes featurette from The Weinstein Co. featuring interviews with the filmmaker and his stars, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams. The movie opens in theaters Friday.

"Boxing is something I love. I train every day and am with boxers all the time. I find them to be the most vulnerable athletes of all because they leave a piece of themselves in the ring every time. That one punch in the right spot, it's a wrap, go home early," explains Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer). "And you can die in the ring."

Fuqua said he wanted to capture that intensity by making Southpaw, starring Gyllenhaal as Billy "The Great" Hope, a light heavyweight champion whose life crumbles around him after tragedy strikes his family.

"There is a boxing scene in the film that hasn't been shot quite like this before," says McAdams, who plays the wife. "They are staying mostly inside the ring and it's really tight and close, and you really feel the violence. That's what Antoine brings; he brings the sizzle and the pop."

Adds Gyllenhaal: "His filmmaking is just hyper-strong and dark in a way, which is why I think people love it. I think he has a huge heart and his kindness allowed me to give him anything."

Southpaw, written by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), also stars Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Clare Foley, Miguel Gomez, Victor Ortiz, Rita Ora and Naomie Harris.

Watch the exclusive video above.

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