David Ayer Talks END OF WATCH and BREACHER Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; Says He Wants to ‘Reinvent Arnold’

     September 19, 2012


Opening this weekend is director David Ayer’s (Harsh Times) police thriller End of Watch.  The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as two Los Angeles beat cops who find themselves marked for death after a routine traffic stop turns into an epic drug bust that interferes with a notorious cartel.  Unlike Ayer’s previous films which focused on corrupt police officers, Gyllenhaal and Peña play honest cops trying to make a difference.  In addition, most of the movie was filmed with handheld cameras, and Ayer’s POV shots put the audience right in the middle of the action.  Trust me, End of Watch is definitely worth your time and the chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Peña is a lot of fun. For more on the film, here’s Matt’s review, twenty things to know from my set visit, and all our previous coverageEnd of Watch also stars Anna Kendrick, Natalie Martinez, America Ferrera, Cody Horn and Frank Grillo.

Last week at the Toronto Film Festival I was able to speak with David Ayer.  We talked about premiering in Toronto, his motivation for making End of Watch, the unique camerawork, and more.  In addition, Ayer talks about his next movie, Breacher, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington.  He reveals they start shooting October 15, it will definitely be rated-R, and he says he wants to “reinvent Arnold.  He’ll be a new guy.”  Hit the jump to watch.

David Ayer:

  • How have the last few months been
  • What was it like to premiere the film at TIFF to over a thousand people
  • What was his motivation for making a film that focused on cops trying to make a difference
  • The unique camerawork
  • Will he continue this type of storytelling in future projects or will he go back to more conventional photography
  • Talks about his upcoming movie Breacher which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington.  Says he wants to “reinvent Arnold.  He’ll be a new guy.”  In addition, he starts shooting October 15, it’s a three month shoot, and it will be rated R.


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