End of Watch star Jake Gyllenhaal has achieved a new level of appreciation for what policemen and women do, he told us in our exclusive video interview. Yet, that may be too tame of a word to describe his affinity for those sworn to serve and protect. “It’s more than appreciation,” Gyllenhaal said.
The star of the new film from Training Day writer David Ayers went through months of preparation that included training with live ammunition, going through the police academy and ride-alongs several times a week during the wee hours of the night in Los Angeles’ worst neighborhoods. “What’s amazing about police officers is they put on that bat suit and they become something else to many people,” he added. “What’s behind that is a real human being.”
His training provided an invaluable glimpse into the world of the LAPD. “We did five months of ride-alongs. We went through the tactical challenges at the police academy,” Gyllenhaal said proudly. “Everything that happened in this movie we did in real life.”
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