End of Watch director David Ayer knows a thing or two about the city of Los Angeles and those in the LAPD charged with protecting its citizens. Movie Fanatic headed up to Toronto for the annual film fest and caught up with Ayer for an exclusive video interview. Ayer is making his directorial debut with the cop thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena and is no stranger to the genre. He wrote Training Day, SWAT and Dark Blue and “knows the streets like the back of my hand.” The flick debuted at number one at this weekend's box office, showing that the audience shares his passion.
Ayer also gives us insight into why Los Angeles is the perfect place to host his stories, as seen in our exclusive End of Watch trailer, and why the love affair between Hollywood and policemen and women has been so prolific over the last century.
“When you put on a badge, strap on a gun and put on the uniform, you become both a symbol of authority and a target… but you’re still a guy,” Ayer said. “That’s what I wanted to show with this incredible relationship with these two guys behind the badge.”