Saturday, May 5, 2012

Code Four

End of Watch writer-director David Ayer tells Yahoo that Jake Gyllenhaal prepared so well for his role as an LAPD cop that he fooled real police officers:

He said that the movie's "found footage" shooting style required the camera crew to stay out of sight while Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, who plays his partner, performed their scenes. Ayer said, "There were times where Jake and Mike are in uniform in a marked police vehicle," and there were no cameras to indicate a movie was being filmed.

Ayer recalled, "Cops in LA will do a hand sign with four fingers to say 'everything's good.' Jake threw a 'Code Four' at some LAPD cops rolling by and they threw a 'Code Four' back. I don't think they had any idea it was Jake Gyllenhaal!"

"Jake put his heart and soul into the training," Ayer said. "There are a thousand subtle things cops do, and I wanted Jake to have the body language and presence of an LAPD officer." Ayer called the training process "months and months of blood, sweat and tears, and it enabled Jake and Mike to be so believable together."

Ayer stated that even the film's shooting style -- where all of the footage comes from sources like cell phone and security cameras -- is inspired by reality. "Everybody films everything in their lives these days," Ayer said, "Even the bad guys!" As a result, Gyllenhaal and Peña were required to not only be convincing cops, but also cameramen. Ayer said, "A couple scenes are entirely Jake's camera work. He got pretty good by the end!"

The official Facebook page for End of Watch.

Clearly, Jake and Michael spent a lot of time and effort with professionals from the force. But where do you think Jake went to dancing boot camp?

(Dancing gif from Yillenhoolahay. Top photo courtesy of IHJ.)


Reposting from Viv said...

Spoiler alert:

Advanced screening review....Spoil alert!!

UltraViolet said...

Repositng my last comment:

Sorry, work got the better of me today.

Gyllencrazy, Jake has gotten me to watch genres I'm not fond of, too. And glad you like the photo - I think it's beautiful, also. I wish we could see all of the unpublished Jake photos out there. I also wish Jake would do some more beautiful photo shoots. He hasn't done a really good one in a while.

Not sure this movie will make that happen, but we can hope.

Also, the trailer has gotten some negative reactions, but overall, it has been very positive. declared it one of the week's best.

Viv, a red band trailer is something to look forward to!

Lily, I have a feeling the Gyllenhaals give their honest opinions. Hopefully, they enjoyed this one.

SAG Actor, sounds like the trailer did its job for you :)

OONP, I have heard a lot of Southland comparisons. And most people seem agree that's a good thing. I never watched it, but I know it got/gets raves.

Monica, someone on FB leo said they saw the trailer before The Avengers. That's very good placement for EoW!

Also, I found a dancing gif 9in the next post) :)

Josie, so good to see you! After a long dry spell, there's a lot of Jake news to catch up on. It is exciting.

Daniela, there's a little in the next post about the realism of the film.

Finally, thanks again to Chica for sharing some more thoughts on the movie. Glad to hear the crowd was into it. Especially the guys - this kind of movie needs them!

I do worry about the shaky cam aspect. I know it turns a lot of people off. I don't generally mind it.

It's a shame the female roles weren't explored more. But I'm glad Jake and Anna have good chemistry. Jake and Michael also seem to really click.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pics and info UV. Jake always does a LOT of preparing for his roles. He puts his heart and soul into each role he does. We'll see that in the movie he is currently filming AND in the play he'll be doing in a few months. (I don't know how he is getting mentally ready for both. He'll be finished with the movie just in time for him to have to switch gears and get into the wicked Uncle role for the play.

I'm always amazed at how actors can remember their lines, I can barely remember my to do list (even when I've written it out) most days :D

Lily (swiss cheese memory)

bobbyanna said...

"But where do you think Jake went to dancing boot camp?"

Bless him

"Code Four" I like that. I wonder if it's universal or if it's just the L.A.P.D.?

Chica said...

I love hearing and reading how Jake prepares for his roles, he really throws himself into it!

There has been some negative comments about the trailer but overall the response has been good.

Monica said...

This gif is funny, UV. I did one yesterday, but I was tired that I forgot to post.

thanks for the interview.

sass said...

Very intense action...trailer is fantastic. TY for posting the FB page!

Anonymous said...

Best Saturday I've had in a while. Spin class, South Seaport shopping, Jake Gyllenhaal sighting and margaritas! #cincodemayo
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Anonymous said...

Brooke ‏ @brookeandersen
Nothing like a Jake Gyllenhall sighting on cinco de mayo! #fb

Twitter said...

Today I saw Geoffrey Wright (who played Basquiat) eating a shitload of tamales and later, Jake Gyllenhaal walking a dog. Fugggin' Brooklyn.
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7:59 PM

Another Twitter said...

Just saw Jake Gyllenhaal and walked into a telephone pole #brokebackmountain
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9:02 PM

Office of Nancy Pelosi said...

I think that the response has been overall positive too UV, the trailer does seem to reveal a lot but it gets the pulse going and makes me want to see it.

Love David's comments on Jake and Michael preparing for the role, sounds like the training was pretty intense.

I hope the dog Jake was walking was Atti!

Anonymous said...

It's no secret I've been wondering about Atti, if he was okay. We haven't seen him with Jake in a long time. I thought he was in Toronto to start filming the Enemy


Mary said...

Lily filming doesnt start till may 22 according to reports so that sighting of him in toronto was probably a false sighting the last several sightings of Jake still have him in NYC.

Tweety said...

I love the trailer and I love police dramas, it's one of my favorite genres. I think Jake has a hit on his hands, it looks fantastic!

Yeah, Jake is still in NY:

Nancy Woo‏@thenanchi

Jake Gyllenhaal encounter in the East Village! (^-^) (with @ns0n, @pdotwong, and Kevin)

Anonymous said...

Frank Jimenez B. ‏ @frankjbr
Acabo de ver a Jake Gyllenhall (o como se escriba) .. Sooo cute!

KY said...

MSL ‏ @msuttonlong
Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tracy Emin, have all star spotted me this week.

Manhattan, NY

Anonymous said...

Awesome First Trailer and Promo Poster for End Of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña

Co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña in the leads, End of Watch sees David Ayer (Street Kings, writer of Training Day) return behind the camera for the third time, directing from his own script, and is promising to be one of the best crime-dramas of the year.

We got an awesome first look at the film last year when the first images surfaced, and now the film’s first trailer and promo poster have debuted through Yahoo Movies, and needless to say, IT'S LOOKING EPIC etc...

Facebook said...

This (trailer) went over big, with me and the audience as a whole.

Paula said...

I am really excited about all the responses to the EOW trailer and thanks UV for posting it!

Jake has invested so much into this, not only preparing for the role but behind the scenes (producer credit).

The dancing gif is a hoot,ha, ha!!!

KY. said...

Audrey Barron ‏ @kadaudrey
Just saw Jake Gyllenhaal walk past my gate at the airport. He has a huge beard and was wearing sunglasses but you can't fool me.

22 min ago

Taryn Parker ‏ @tarynparker
Well, just went through security right behind Jake Gyllenhaal.

31 min ago

AJ Parker ‏ @AJisTweeting
Just went through security with Jake Gyllenhaal. NBD. (@ LaGuardia Airport (LGA) w/ 128 others)

33 min ago

Anonymous said...

AJ Parker ‏ @AJisTweeting
@GYLLENCRAZY he was escorted by an Air Canada attendant so I'm sure!

Mary said...

So may be he is in T oronto now need a few more sightings to be sure.

UltraViolet said...

There were a few airport tweets of Jake, so it does look like he's on his way to TO.

Some older FB posts that just showed up:

Jake Gyllenhall came into the shop I work at, today. It was neato.

He seemed nice, like the kind of person who wouldnt care that I always misspell and mispronounce their name.
Saturday at 6:11pm via mobile · 2

She works at a place called Balloon Saloon.

Having dinner next to Jake Gylenhal (or however you spell it) and K'nann in Soho, interesting pair to say the least.
April 28 at 6:51pm near New York, NY

UltraViolet said...

Paula, I'm excited by the reaction, too. Very smart move showing it with The Avengers. I don't want to get my hopes up, but could Jake finally be in a movie that has some smart marketing behind it?

I think Jake has a hit on his hands

Tweety, wouldn't that be nice?


..."but could Jake finally be in a movie that has some smart marketing behind it?"

That would be a nice change, wouldn't it?

UltraViolet said...

It sure would, GC! Fingers crossed.

guess Jake landed. From a Toronto FBer:

OMGosh JAKE GYLLENHAAL just looked and smiled at me! I almost screamed like a girl lol

about an hour ago · Like

Top Secret location Eric can't say anything more!

KY said...

Secret location!?


bobbyanna said...

Looks like Jake's gearing up for Enemy in Toronto. Yaay!

UV, I hope they have a smart marketing campaign for EoW, too.

Anonymous said...

Mishki Vaccaro ‏ @Meeshkee Toronto
Picking up someone at the airport & woman next to me is waiting for Jake Gyllenhaal. I know this bc she referenced Jarhead

5 min ago

oops :) said...

Mishki Vaccaro ‏ @Meeshkee
Ugh it wasn't Jake I am le sad

Anonymous said...

Too bad Jake wasn't at Pearson Airport when I was there


Extra said...

I can't imagine them screwing up the marketing of this movie but we have been disappointed before.

Love the trailer and I definately get a Southland vibe from it, love that show!

Jake is one of the few men that i find sexy bald :)

UltraViolet said...

From Toronto:

Am I 5'9? I don't know Jake Gyllenhal, you tell me? #hopeful (@ Casting Central)
12:36 PM

Don't know if that means Jake was there or that she knows it was for his movie.

UltraViolet said...

We have been disappointed before, Extra! And I'm already paranoid that they released the trailer too far before the actual movie and are going to lose all that good buzz.

Trying not to be a pessimist.

UltraViolet said...

That was quick. Guess it was just for auditions:

Guess who just got escorted onto a plane by a flight attendent in the t-dot... Jakey Gyllenhal. :)
5:13 PM

UltraViolet said...

New article about EoW. New post.