Jake Gyllenhaal talks about playing a cop in his new movie, 'End of Watch'. In an interview with MovieFone, promoting the the film at TIFF, when asked about how ride-alongs with cops works, Gyllenhaal says, "When I hear an actor say they went on a ride-along to do research for a part, it probably means that they went two or three times. Michael and I went over 40, maybe 50 times. We changed up partners. We kept circling around and coming back to different ones, four or five sets over that period of time. Two guys from that experience are some of my closest friends now. This is unlike anything that any actor I've heard in preparation to play a role like that has done. But I don't know, I could be wrong."
He also talks about cops being skeptical when actors show up wanting to play cops, saying "David Ayers has an inside in a way many people don't. I am sure there are cops that the studios can call up, but David Ayers is not friends with those cops. David Ayers is friends with a whole other set and that set is going to show you what is really going on, and they did. They were, because of David, more open initially, but it took awhile for us to really make a relationship where we could both trust each other."
End of Watch stars Gyllenhaal along with Anna Kendrick, and releases September 28, 2012.