Jake Gyllenhaal & Conor McGregor ROAD HOUSE Interview | Sports Illustrated

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21 Mar 202403:05


TLDRIn this engaging transcript, actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor discuss their experiences working together on the upcoming film 'Road House', available on Amazon Prime Video. Gyllenhaal, who has previously portrayed a combat sports athlete in 'Southpaw', shares his excitement about collaborating with McGregor, a professional fighter. McGregor emphasizes the importance of authenticity in their fight scenes, highlighting the meticulous preparation and the real punches taken to ensure a genuine representation of combat. Both actors praise the stunt team and express their dedication to delivering a thrilling and authentic experience for fight and movie fans alike.


  • πŸ₯Š Conor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal starred in the new movie 'Road House' coming to Amazon Prime Video.
  • 🎬 Jake Gyllenhaal had previously acted in a combat sports film 'Southpaw', but found 'Road House' to be a different experience.
  • πŸ† Both actors emphasized the importance of authenticity in the fight scenes to appeal to both fight fans and movie fans.
  • πŸ€Όβ€β™‚οΈ Conor McGregor, despite being a professional fighter, considered himself a 'white belt' in acting and was eager to learn from Gyllenhaal.
  • 🌟 Gyllenhaal's professionalism and experience in 75 movies were highly valued by McGregor during their collaboration.
  • πŸ‘Š The actors trained hard, with McGregor sharing that they had to take real punches and kicks to ensure authenticity.
  • πŸŽ₯ Preparing for 'Southpaw', Gyllenhaal engaged in a lot of sparring to understand the feeling of being a fighter.
  • 🚨 The filming process was physically demanding, with long hours on set and minimal rest.
  • πŸŽ₯ The stunt team, G Warden and Steve Brown, were praised for their work in making the fight scenes look real and safe.
  • 🌐 The movie 'Road House 2024' is set to release on Amazon Prime Video.

Q & A

  • What was Conor McGregor's experience like working with Jake Gyllenhaal on the set of Road House?

    -Conor McGregor found the experience of working with Jake Gyllenhaal to be great fun. He appreciated Jake's professionalism, guidance, and patience, especially since Conor was relatively new to acting and considered himself a 'white belt' in the movie industry.

  • How did Jake Gyllenhaal prepare for his role in Road House, considering he had previously played a combat sports athlete in Southpaw?

    -Jake Gyllenhaal approached his role in Road House with the mindset of a learner, despite his previous experience in Southpaw. He was open to coaching and adapting his performance to make the fight scenes feel more authentic, with the goal of pleasing both fight fans and movie fans.

  • What was the nature of the collaboration between Conor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal during the filming of Road House?

    -The collaboration between Conor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal was characterized by mutual respect and a good rapport on set. Jake provided guidance to Conor on acting and making the fight scenes authentic, while Conor shared his real-life fighting experience to help Jake understand the physical and emotional aspects of combat sports.

  • What was Conor McGregor's attitude towards the physical demands of filming fight scenes?

    -Conor McGregor was committed to making the fight scenes look as real as possible, even if it meant taking real punches and kicks. He understood the importance of experiencing the physicality of fights to accurately portray a combat sports athlete on screen.

  • How did the stunt team contribute to the making of Road House?

    -The stunt team, led by G. Warden and Steve Brown, played a crucial role in the making of Road House. They worked closely with the actors, providing them with the freedom to perform while ensuring safety and helping to create authentic fight sequences.

  • What was the main goal for the fight scenes in Road House?

    -The main goal for the fight scenes in Road House was to make them feel original, fun, and authentic to the point where both fight fans and general moviegoers would enjoy the film even more because of the effort put into the fight choreography.

  • How did Conor McGregor's real-life fighting experience influence his approach to acting in Road House?

    -Conor McGregor's real-life fighting experience allowed him to bring a level of authenticity to his role. He used his understanding of the physical and emotional aspects of combat to enhance the realism of the fight scenes and to connect with the audience more effectively.

  • What was the most challenging aspect of filming Road House for Conor McGregor?

    -The most challenging aspect of filming Road House for Conor McGregor was the time-consuming nature of the production, with 18-hour days and very little rest. Adjusting to the demands of the film set was a new experience for him, coming from a background of real fights.

  • How did Jake Gyllenhaal's acting experience benefit the production of Road House?

    -Jake Gyllenhaal's extensive acting experience, particularly his commitment to his roles, benefited the production by bringing a high level of professionalism to the set. His guidance and patience in working with Conor McGregor helped to elevate the overall quality of the film.

  • What was the atmosphere on the set of Road House?

    -The atmosphere on the set of Road House was collaborative and supportive. Both Conor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal were open to learning from each other and the stunt team, which fostered a positive and productive working environment.

  • When and where can viewers expect to see Road House?

    -Road House is set to be released on Amazon Prime Video in 2024, offering viewers a new take on the classic film with the dynamic duo of Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor.



πŸ₯Š Behind the Scenes with Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor

The paragraph discusses the experience of working with Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor on the set of the new movie 'Roadhouse', coming to Amazon Prime Video. It highlights the authenticity and dedication both actors brought to their roles, especially in the fight scenes. Jake, despite being a seasoned actor with 75 movies under his belt, approached the role with humility, treating his participation as a learning experience, especially since he had prior experience with combat sports in the movie 'Southpaw'. Conor, on the other hand, emphasized the importance of making the fight scenes feel real and authentic for the fans. The actors' commitment to their craft and their mutual respect for each other's expertise are evident in their interactions on set. The paragraph also touches on the physicality of the role, with both actors taking real punches and kicks to ensure the authenticity of the fight scenes, and the challenges of long hours on set.



πŸ’‘Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal is an American actor known for his roles in various films. In the context of this video, he is one of the stars of the new movie 'Road House' coming to Prime Video. His experience and professionalism in the film industry are highlighted, particularly his approach to working with Conor McGregor, a newcomer to acting from a combat sports background.

πŸ’‘Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is an Irish retired mixed martial artist and boxer who has transitioned into acting. In the video, he is noted for his role in the upcoming 'Road House' movie on Prime Video. His experience in combat sports is contrasted with his acting career, highlighting the learning process he underwent while working with Jake Gyllenhaal.

πŸ’‘Road House

Road House is an upcoming movie featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor, which is set to be released on Amazon Prime Video. The film is expected to showcase authentic fight scenes, blending the worlds of combat sports and cinema. The video script suggests that the movie will appeal to both fight fans and general movie audiences.

πŸ’‘Combat Sports

Combat sports refer to competitive contact sports, such as boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts (MMA), where the objective is to defeat an opponent using various fighting techniques. In the video, Conor McGregor's background in combat sports is emphasized, as it influences his approach to acting in fight scenes and his collaboration with Jake Gyllenhaal.


Authenticity in the context of the video refers to the genuine and realistic portrayal of fight scenes in the movie 'Road House.' The actors and the stunt team worked together to ensure that the combat sequences felt true to life, reflecting the actual experience of fighters and combat sports athletes.

πŸ’‘Stunt Team

A stunt team is a group of professionals who specialize in performing dangerous or technically demanding actions that replace actors in scenes requiring specialized skills. In the video, the stunt team led by G. Warden and Steve Brown is praised for their work on 'Road House,' ensuring the safety and authenticity of the fight scenes.

πŸ’‘Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is a streaming service offered by Amazon that provides television shows and films for Amazon Prime members. In the video, it is mentioned as the platform where the movie 'Road House' will be released, indicating its role in distributing the film to a wide audience.


Acting is the process of portraying a character in a performance, typically in theater, film, or television. In the context of the video, acting is discussed in relation to the challenges and preparation involved in performing fight scenes authentically, especially for someone like Conor McGregor who is transitioning from combat sports to acting.


Preparation in this context refers to the work and training done by the actors to ready themselves for their roles, especially the physical and technical aspects of performing fight scenes. It involves understanding the dynamics of combat sports and translating that into a cinematic format.

πŸ’‘Fight Scenes

Fight scenes are sequences in films or television shows that depict physical combat between characters. In the video, the focus is on making these scenes as realistic as possible, with the actors undergoing training and the stunt team ensuring safety and authenticity.


Professionalism refers to the behavior, attitudes, and performance expected of a professional in a particular field. In the video, Jake Gyllenhaal's professionalism is highlighted as heθ€εΏƒεœ°ζŒ‡ε―ΌConor McGregor, a newcomer to acting, and their collaborative efforts contribute to the quality of the film.


Conor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal starred in the new movie 'Road House' coming to Prime Video.

Jake Gyllenhaal's previous experience in 'Southpaw' was different from his role in 'Road House'.

Conor McGregor was a white belt in acting and Jake Gyllenhaal was patient and guiding with his experience.

The importance of making the fight scenes feel authentic to satisfy both fight and movie fans.

Conor McGregor's approach to learning and adapting in the film industry compared to his experience in real fights.

The professional rapport between Conor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal on set.

The physical demands of the lead roles, including taking real punches and kicks.

The preparation process for Southpaw, including sparring to understand the feeling of being a fighter.

The balance between making the fight scenes look real and ensuring safety on set.

The collaboration with the stunt team, G Warden and Steve Brown.

The challenges of long hours on set and the physical toll on the actors.

Conor McGregor's perspective on the time-consuming nature of acting versus his real-life fighting experiences.

The mutual respect and good job done by both actors in bringing realism to 'Road House'.

The anticipation for the audience to experience and judge the realism in 'Road House' on Amazon Prime Video.

The overall excitement and pride from both stars in their work in the upcoming film.



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with a door other than that was


absolutely perfect true an




amazing lber here with Jake Gyllenhaal


Conor McGregor stars of the new road


house which is coming to you on Prime


video was it like Jake working with


Connor I mean you you have played a


combat sports athlete before in Southpaw


but this is a whole different game what


was that like for you it was great fun I


mean he he was from the very beginning


Connor said to me he was like I'm a


white belt and making movies and acting


and I'm here to learn and that was the


way it was the whole time but on the


opposite end I'm you know white belt in


the fight game and in terms of fights


and what they look like and how


authentic it is I know it was so


important to you from the very beginning


that the that the fight fans always felt


like they were watching something


original something fun and so he was


always coaching me and showing me how to


do do things or change something up to


make it feel more authentic so that so


that all the fight fans in particular


but movie fans in the end too will love


this movie even more because of the


stuff that we did Conor what did Jake


bring to the table from the realism when


it came to the fight game Jake's a


consumate professional 75 movies made


you know I was I'm


blessed to have entered into the movie


alongside him he was patient with me he


gave me guidance and I just took it you


know we had a good rapport on set he has


75 movies


made I have 75 barf fights made and


that's it we had a good back and forth


they you have to take some real punches


and kicks in the the leadup to this uh


yeah and throughout it too yeah it's


inevitable I think when you're trying to


do fights like this and make them as


real as you can that's just sort of it's


a part of the whole thing you know um


but yeah I mean also it's important to


to know what it feels like and the farar


I did that particular in preparation for


Southpaw there was a lot of sparring and


understanding the feeling you can't play


a fighter unless you know what that's


like uh uh but no we stay we stayed as


careful as we could the whole time and


he was always very he was good to me and


I sometimes had to remind him I I landed


one punch once and he hit me with a door


other than that was absolutely perfect


true an amazing stunt a stun team G


Warden and Steve Brown and they were


phenomenal with us they give us free


R and we do a good job that hard for you


Conor at all because you've been in so


many real fights to to realize yeah I'm


trying to make this look real but you


know I am acting for me what was hard


was it was time consuming 18 hours on


set very little


rest it was strange to me but you know


the fight scenes I was happy to give my


input and


myor and Jake as I said is a consumer


professional we done a good job you


check it out for yourself Roadhouse 2024


Amazon Prime video Jake Gyllenhaal Conor


McGregor appreciate the time