UFC 285 saw Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal filming a scene for the upcoming movie ‘Road House’ alongside UFC President Dana White and commentator Jon Anik. Conor McGregor introduced Gyllenhaal to the UFC fans as they filmed a weigh-in scene.
In the UFC 285 press conference, White spoke about Gyllenhaal’s remarkable physical transformation for the role in the movie. The Academy Award nominee has undergone a significant physical transformation for his role in ‘Road House,’ which has caught the attention of the UFC president.
During the press conference, White praised Gyllenhaal’s acting skills and also commented on his impressive physique, saying,
“Listen, what can I say? He looks good. I don’t think he’s been USADA tested, but he looks great. [Maybe he’s using too much of Paulo Costa’s secret juice] Possibly. [laughs].”
Reactions to Gyllenhaal’s physique
A good number of MMA fans and insiders was there ready to question how realistic it was to obtain such a physique.
There’s a trend of hollywood stars denying PED use which has led to a lot of unrealistic expectations between young men.
Using PEDs is illegal in many countries, and admitting to using them could lead to legal trouble. It could damage their reputation and their brand value, as using PEDs could be seen as skirting the rules or taking shortcuts to achieve success. Further it might make it complicated for them to secure certain lucrative endorsements
White also shared his experience of acting in the movie and described the process behind enabling the filming. He highlighted the strong relationship between the producer Joel Silver and Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel, which facilitated the filming process.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan previously criticized Hollywood actors who are unwilling to admit they’re using PEDs to obtain their physiques, spotlighting Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Chris Hemsworth.
“The Rock should come clean right now! He should make a video in response to the liver king video, ‘I need to talk to you because The Rock’s been lying.’ There’s not a f***ing chance in hell he’s clean, not a chance in hell, as big as The Rock is, at 50.” – Rogan joked.
Rogan added: “There’s a responsibility that you have to people that are listening to you. If you don’t wanna talk about it, that’s one thing. But if you do talk about it, there’s a responsibility that you have to the people that are listening to you. and I think you have to be honest. Which is why I’m honest about it.”