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Antoine Fuqua on ‘The Guilty’ and Reuniting with Jake Gyllenhaal: “We Were Both Trapped”

The filmmaker, who directed in isolation after a Covid scare, also looks forward to a busy slate that includes Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ and Chris Pratt’s ‘The Terminal List.’

When Antoine Fuqua saw the lengths that Jake Gyllenhaal was going to in order to play a professional boxer in their 2015 film, Southpaw, he opted to put himself through the same type of training out of solidarity. And because of their shared experience, Fuqua knew that it was only a matter of time before they reunited again. The opportunity finally presented itself in the form of Netflix’s The Guilty, which is a new take on the Danish crime thriller of the same name. But just as the movie was gearing up for an abbreviated 11-day shoot last October, the movie nearly fell apart as Fuqua came into contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19. So while they didn’t get to partake in the same training regimen this time around, Fuqua and Gyllenhaal were still able to bond through their isolated work environments on The Guilty set.


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