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“I’m feeling an excessive amount of eye contact,” says Justin Theroux. So he punches me in the face.

FOR THE RECORD, I wasn’t staring into Theroux’s hazel eyes. I was watching his boxing gloves, conveniently positioned just below his eyes to protect “home base,” the point of his jaw. The funny thing is, even though I do indeed make excessive eye contact with those gloves, I never see the jab coming. A quick right. He tags my left eye and nose but good; isn’t headgear supposed to prevent pain? I wait to feel the blood run down over my lips, but it doesn’t. Theroux pops me again a few times. He’s punching at will now, and I can’t do anything about it.

None of this should be surprising, as my biggest previous boxing claim before today was watching Muhammad Ali spar when I was 9 years old. I’d never had my hands taped, put on headgear, and stepped into a ring with anyone. I recommend it.

A boxing workout is a destroyer, and a rebuilder, of men. We’re in the ring at Gotham Gym in New York City’s West Village, where Theroux lives. (Even with stints in L.A., he can safely be labeled a New Yorker.) Happy May sunshine streams through the front windows, but the dozens of boxing-glove pairs hanging from the ceiling say, “This is where

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