Michael Pena Talks END OF WATCH at TIFF

     September 22, 2012

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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, my video interviews with Ayer and Gyllenhaal, 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 Michel Peña.  We talked about premiering at TIFF, Comic-Con, did any of the training stay with him, how the role helped him as an actor, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Michael Pena:

  • Comic-Con talk
  • What does it mean to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.  Talks about his previous experiences with Crash.
  • Does he feel like End of Watch helped him as an actor from the way he prepared for the role to actually making it
  • Does any of the training for the role still remain with him today

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