Jake Gyllenhaal On Conor McGregor’s Mentality During “Road House” Filming

In a recent interview, actor Jake Gyllenhaal touched on working with Conor McGregor during the filming of “Road House”, and the former UFC champion’s approach to new surroundings.

While McGregor has never played a fictional character in a film, man feel the persona he portrays as a fighter will provide a solid foundation for a successful acting career.

A remake of the classic 1989 film, “Road House” is set to debut on Amazon’s Prime Video March 21st. Gyllenhaal will fulfill the lead role in the picture as Elwood Dalton, while McGregor will portray antagonist “Knox”, and it appears the pair does not get along well.

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Earlier this week, Gyllenhaal caught up with MMA Junkie, and provided a glimpse at what it was like to work with one of the biggest stars to ever come out of the UFC. Additionally, the Hollywood star spoke positively on McGregor’s mindset during the creative process.

“I came to the fight game as bringing movies there, and I thought it was a fantastic response. It was super fun,” Gyllenhaal told MMA Junkie. “I think we all had great respect for the fight game. Same thing with Conor when he came to the movie set. He came in and said, ‘I’m a white belt. I’m here to learn. I don’t know anything about making movies or acting, and I want to learn.’ That type of humility in that space, I tried to bring the same way in the opposite end. I don’t know that much about the fight game. I have great respect for it, and I wanted to learn.”

(h/t MMAJunkie.com)

Gyllenhaal continued by discussing what it is like to work with former fighters as opposed to trained stunt people. Coincidentally, he even mentioned that he has worked with Michael Chandler in the past, who McGregor is supposed to square off with in the cage later this year.

“Mostly I’ve worked with a lot of ex-fighters, but they’ve learned how to be stunt people so in that sense, they know how to fake fight,” Gyllenhaal said. “I think Conor had a learning curve in learning how to fake fight was not (natural). Also I worked with (Michael) Chandler, too, which is kind of interesting. Both of them in the sequences we did – I remembered taking a hit in a movie. You’re not taking it; you’re selling it. Being head-to-head with Conor, the first shot we shot was that head butt, and that was his first time just staring me in the eyes and I was like, ‘Oh sh*t.’”

(h/t MMAJunkie.com)

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