Southpaw screening delivers a one-two punch of Gyllenhaal and Eminem to lucky Novi viewers.
By Arianna Smith
Attending an early, free screening of a long vaunted and anticipated blockbuster is enough to make anyone's day. It's easy, then, to imagine the shock and joy of moviegoers at the Novi Emagine theater when, during the first showing of the just-released movie Southpaw starring academy award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, the headlining actor himself decided to attend the film in person with superstar musical artist Marshall Mathers (better known as Eminem) in tow.
Southpaw is doing phenomenal in the box office for a movie only out three days and counting. It’s co produced by Ice Cube and directed by Antoine Fuqua, an avid boxer himself, who wanted to bring viewers a fresh perspective on the intense hardships and personal struggles of those in the boxing world. To accomplish this, the film was shot as realistically as possible, meaning little editing, almost no effects, and absolutely no stunt doubles. It’s Gyllenhaal himself taking those hits, and he couldn’t be prouder for it.
Southpaw chronicles the fall, rise, and rebirth of boxer Billy “The Great” Hope in a gritty, heart wrenching tale of loss, determination and redemption. When Eminem dropped out of the project as the initial actor Gyllenhaal stepped up to the plate, and Eminen provided the movie with a deep, fitting soundtrack that outlines perfectly the events on screen. Going to see Southpaw guarantees a tear or two and quite a few heart pounding scenes- all in all, an eye opening and emotional experience, particularly when two shining stars decide to make a surprise appearance in little ol’ Novi Township.