Where Did The Muscles Go?

Jake Gyllenhaal's gotten a complete body makeover. He's the latest actor to drop massive weight for a movie role.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Have you seen Jake Gyllenhaal recently? He's barely recognizable. These days the Hollywood hunk is noticeably thinner. His usual muscle-bound frame is more gaunt than grand. But don't worry, he's not seriously ill. The actor purposely lost weight for a film.

According to E! Online, Gyllenhaal dropped around 20 pounds for his new movie, Nightcrawler. In it he plays a crime scene stringer, a role that requires a more exhausted look.

He told E!, "I'm playing a character who's hungry, figuratively and literally, who's driven in ways to do things and succeed at any cost."

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Gyllenhaal continued, "I think that defines a generation in a lot of ways so I wanted to get their mentally and then have it transform me physically, because I am not one to rely on science as much as I am on just sort of instinct. That's sort of the character."

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So how did he downsize his physique? Gyllenhaal didn't depend on extreme diets or workout regimens. It was all about will power. He revealed, "I can only approach things from a mental place." Therefore, if his mind wasn't into it, there was no way his body would be.

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His appearance in Nightcrawler is such a vast change from his time as the sword-swinging hero in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Oh how things change.

What do you think of Gyllenhaal's slim look?

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