Jake Gyllenhaal Details An Unintentional Strike He Absorbed From Conor McGregor During ‘Road House’ Filming

Despite the theatrical Hollywood fight scenes that we are accustomed to seeing, things can accidentally get physical on film sets, and it sounds like Jake Gyllenhaal got a taste of that from his costar Conor McGregor during the creative process for their new film ‘Road House’.

The movie is based on the 1989 cult classic of the same name, and will premier on Amazon Prime Video this week. Gyllenhaal will play Elwood Dalton, a former professional fighter who is now working as a bouncer, with McGregor filling the role of main antagonist as his character “Knox”.

As many would expect from just basic knowledge about this movie, there are many fight scenes, and during preparations for the filming of one of them McGregor accidentally hit the Hollywood actor. Gyllenhaal detailed the minor incident with humor on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon earlier this week.

“We had, actually, by mistake, he clocked me in the face,” Gyllenhaal told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. “We would do a take where we were like fighting, and fake fighting, fake fighting, and then we’d go watch the monitor to see it back, to see what worked, and he was always great with me. He would show me, tell me to do things, and like, ‘Oh, you know, turn your head, move a little bit more this way to try and make it look more real,’ and it was late because we shot a lot of these fight scenes at night.

“So it was like 3 a.m., and he was talking to me really close, and he was like, ‘Yeah, like that left hook looks good, but then when you do it like, boom (showing fake punch),’ and he hit me by mistake. It was almost like … and I was like, ‘Oh!’ And he was like, ‘Oh!’”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

Making his first major acting debut, naturally many wondered how the ego of McGregor would mesh with the making of a movie. But, Gyllenhaal noted in a separate interview earlier this month that the UFC star came in with an excellent mindset and an expressed an eagerness to learn.

“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)

 

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