Ultimate Fighting Championship fans got a sneak peek at Jake Gyllenhaal’s next film at Saturday’s UFC 285 event – which doubled as the film set for an upcoming remake of 1989’s ‘Road House’.
In between real fights at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a ripped, shirtless Gyllenhaal entered the ring to shoot scenes in front of a live audience for the Amazon Prime Video feature film about an ex-UFC fighter. Former UFC fighter Jay Hieron and two-time champion Conor McGregor – who will also appear in the new “Road House” – also participated in the event.
While filming a weigh-in scene, Gyllenhaal flexed his muscles in front of the audience and got into a written, physical altercation with Hieron, who plays his rival in the action movie. Footage from the event shows Gyllenhaal staring down and whacking at Hieron as part of the intense sequence.
“I can’t even believe I trained for six weeks for this s—, to fight this bit of s—,” Gyllenhaal says in character during the staged weigh-in. “Now just give the belt. Come on, mother—let’s go!”
Gyllenhaal and Hieron too faced in the ringpretending to dodge and pound each other as the director yelled directions and the audience went wild. Another clip of the event shows a camera crew following Gyllenhaal as he steps into the arena in UFC warm-up gear.
Gyllenhaal is no stranger to the ring (albeit of the square variety, not Octagon), having played a boxer in the 2015 Antoine Fuqua-directed drama ‘Southpaw’.
The upcoming movie ‘Road House’ directed by Doug Liman is based on the 1980s cult classic of the same name starring Patrick Swayze as a bouncer with a violent past. Daniela Melchior and Billy Magnussen are also cast in the “Road House” revival.
See more behind-the-scenes photos from UFC 285 below.