Jake Gyllenhaal's Road House tribute to 'one of a kind' Patrick Swayze

The star told how he had included his old mentor, Patrick Swayze, in a Road House remake where he took on the late actor's role.

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Jake Gyllenhaal included a tribute to Patrick Swayze in his Road House remake. (Getty Images for Amazon MGM Studios)
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Jake Gyllenhaal has opened up on how he included his late friend Patrick Swayze in a Road House remake with a sweet tribute for fans to spot.

The Brokeback Mountain star appears in the lead role of Prime Video's remake of the 1989 action film which featured Swayze, and made sure to pay tribute to his memory.

Gyllenhaal also told The One Show on Wednesday how Swayze had been a huge support to him in the early part of his career.

What, how, and why?

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Road House. (Prime Video)
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Road House. (Prime Video)

When Jake Gyllenhaal was cast as the lead of Road House, he didn't just have the responsibility of doing the 1989 original justice - he also had to take on the role of his late friend and mentor, Patrick Swayze.

Gyllenhaal told The One Show on Wednesday what it had been like to play the fighter originally portrayed by Swayze and how he carried his friend's memory into the remake.

Talking about taking on the lead role after Swayze, who died in 2009, Gyllenhaal said: "I didn't feel pressure. I felt responsibility, but I come from the theatre, in the theatre we always play each other's classic roles and so did Patrick."

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Patrick Swayze starred in the original Road House. (Landmark Media/PA/Alamy)

He added: "I did wear a tattoo in dedication to him because I wanted to bring him along with me and bring the energy of the whole character along with me.

"He was one of a kind. He was the kindest, he was always so supportive of me early in my career."

But when asked what the tattoo was, Gyllenhaal teased: "I was told I'm not allowed to say, so you'll have to watch the movie and freeze frame it. There's one that is in dedication to him."

Gyllenhaal also said that he had called on some of his training from 2015 boxing film Southpaw: "I definitely used a lot of the skills that I learned when I was doing Southpaw. But this is different, mixed martial arts is a whole different form, it's everything, and it was incredible to train for."

What else happened on The One Show?

For Gyllenhaal fans not into action films, he has another project coming up that might appeal - a starring role in a Broadway production of Othello, opposite Denzel Washington.

He referred to both his co-star and William Shakespeare as the GOAT (greatest of all time) as he admitted to nerves ahead of the opening night.

Gyllenhaal said: "I'm so excited. I'm equally excited and I am also profoundly challenged and a bit frightened, that's the way it should be.

"When you're offered an opportunity like that, not just Denzel who's extraordinary, but also Mr Shakespeare as well, those two GOATs, how can you not?

"If there's a bit of fear I always want to try it and it's a new thing. I can't wait, I really can't wait."

The One Show airs on BBC One at 7pm on weekdays.

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