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Jake Gyllenhaal, star of “Road House,” emphasizes a crucial element for a captivating on-screen bar brawl.


The classic bar brawl scene, reimagined with a comedic twist, takes center stage in the remake of “Road House,” featuring Jake Gyllenhaal stepping into the iconic role of Dalton, previously portrayed by the late Patrick Swayze in the beloved 1989 film.

In this updated version, Gyllenhaal breathes new life into Dalton, the bouncer with a troubled past tasked with maintaining order in a raucous dive bar. One standout scene sees Dalton dispatching unruly troublemakers in a parking lot brawl before surprising audiences by chauffeuring them to a nearby hospital for medical aid—a gesture rarely seen in cinematic bar fight scenarios.

Gyllenhaal was particularly drawn to this moment of unexpected kindness, which influenced his decision to take on the role. Directed by Doug Liman of “The Bourne Identity” fame, the remake presents Dalton as an ex-UFC fighter recruited by bar owner Frankie (Jessica Williams) to oversee security at her establishment in the Florida Keys, a departure from the original setting in a Missouri road house.

Dalton’s enigmatic persona, shaped by a tumultuous past in the UFC, sets the stage for his solitary existence, with his romance with a local doctor, portrayed by Daniela Melchior, adding depth to his character.

True to the spirit of the original film, the remake features exhilarating bar fights characterized by sheer chaos. Gyllenhaal emphasizes the importance of chaos in creating an engaging cinematic brawl, praising the expertise of the stunt team responsible for choreographing the action-packed sequences.

Despite Dalton’s tough exterior, he exudes a surprising kindness reminiscent of Swayze’s iconic “be nice” philosophy. Gyllenhaal’s portrayal emphasizes Dalton’s calm demeanor and genuine desire to assist others, exemplified by his inquiries about medical insurance and hospital locations before engaging in combat.

Adding to the dynamic is Conor McGregor, making his acting debut as the menacing henchman Knox, whose formidable presence contrasts Dalton’s composed nature. McGregor’s transition from UFC fighting to choreographed combat scenes required a shift in approach, as he adapted to the nuances of staged fight sequences.

McGregor’s portrayal offers a fresh perspective, infusing Knox with an unexpected playfulness that complements Dalton’s darker demeanor, creating a compelling balance between heroism and villainy in the film.