Is southpaw a real movie?
Similarly one may ask, who is the real boxer in southpaw?
In Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal is all ripped, snarling and bug-eyed. He plays Billy Hope, a light heavyweight boxing champ molded from a Hell's Kitchen orphanage alongside his angelic but similarly tough-skinned wife Maureen (played by the lovely Rachel McAdams).
Additionally, did Eminem direct southpaw? Once Eminem was on board, “Southpaw” was on the fast track. The Riches brought on “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter to write the script. And by December 2010, DreamWorks signed on to make the film. In June 2011, it was reported that Antoine Faqua ("Training Day") would direct.
Also know, is Billy hope a real boxer?
The answer is both yes and no. According to BoxRec, there have been three professional boxers named Billy Hope. However, none are remotely depicted in the movie so the character appears purely fictional.
Why is the film called southpaw?
Unfortunately, the movie is called Southpaw, which is the name given to the stance used by left-handed fighters who lead with their right hand and right leg forward. Gyllenhaal signs autographs as a righty too, so all the signs seem to point to him being a right-handed fighter in Southpaw.