Pittsburgh's old Saks building used for NYC scenes in ‘Southpaw' starring Gyllenhaal, McAdams

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PITTSBURGH —

Downtown Pittsburgh looked like New York City Thursday.

The former Saks Fifth Avenue building will act as Madison Square Garden for the movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams.

New York City cabs and police cars are also outside the building.

“Southpaw” is about a boxer who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him, according to the Internet Movie Database.

The director of “Southpaw,” Antoine Fuqua, is from Pittsburgh. He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and attended West Virginia University.
 
Pittsburgh has attracted movies ranging from the blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises” to the lower-budget “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
 
In 2010, Gyllenhaal worked in Pittsburgh to film “Love and Other Drugs,” which also starred Anne Hathaway.