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Jake Gyllenhaal had to duck Southpaw at Cannes

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Jake Gyllenhaal had to duck Southpaw at Cannes

Jake Gyllenhaal's new movie 'Southpaw' had to be pulled from the screening schedule at the Cannes Film Festival because the actor is part of the judging jury.

The 34-year-old star's boxing drama has been creating quite a buzz and was due to be entered at the festival in the South of France.

However, as Gyllenhaal is part of the jury the Weinstein Company decided to desist with their plans as they decided it would be too much pressure on the actor to act as a judge and appear as a promoting talent, according to the New York Post newspaper.

Instead, a special private screening was arranged to take place on Tuesday (19.05.15) but it had to be cancelled as Gyllenhaal was too busy with his official duties.

Gyllenhaal is sitting on the judging panel at the film festival alongside Sienna Miller, directors Ethan and Joel Coen, Guillermo del Toro, Spanish actresses Rossy de Palma and Sophie Marceau, composer Rokia Traore and filmmaker Xavier Dolan.

The jury's job is to decide which film receives the coveted Palme D'Or award on 24 May.

In 'Southpaw' Gyllenhaal plays pugilist Billy Hope and he stars alongside Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Forest Whitaker, Rita Ora and Tyrese Gibson. It is directed by Antoine Fuqua and is scheduled for a July 2015 release.