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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 18 January 1968Champaign, Illinois, USA
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

David Ayer is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. David Ayer was born in Champaign, Illinois and grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Bethesda, Maryland, where he was kicked out of his house by his parents as a teenager. Ayer then lived with his cousin in Los Angeles, California, where his experiences in South Central Los Angeles became the inspiration for many of his films. Ayer then enlisted in the United States Navy as a submariner.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: scaryofmonsters

Trade Mark (2)

His movies are frequently set in Los Angeles
His films often involve the LAPD

Trivia (14)

Spent most of his time as a teenager on the most troubled streets of South Central Los Angeles.
Unproduced scripts: 'Making the Corps', a boot camp film set on Parris Island for Jersey Films, and 'Squids', a fantastic thriller set in a submarine for Art Linson, that David Fincher planned to direct for a short time.
Friend and mentor Wesley Strick managed to get him his first big break in Hollywood as a script doctor.
Revised the script for 'DJ Caruso''s thriller Taking Lives (2004).
Among his next projects, he plans to write remakes of Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch (1969), set in modern day Mexico, and André De Toth's Crime Wave (1953), a crime drama set in the tough parts of L.A., with Ethan Hawke.
Served in the United States Navy.
His favorite movie is Apocalypse Now (1979).
Main characters are often anti-heroes.
His movies often reference the US Military (The US Navy in U-571 (2000), Christian Bale's character Jim Davis was a former US Army Ranger who served in the Gulf War in Harsh Times (2005), Jake Gyllenhaal's character Brian Taylor is a former US Marine turned LAPD Officer in End of Watch (2012), and the US Army in Fury (2014).
In Spanish, David's last name means "yesterday".
Did an uncredited re-write on X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
He used to work as a house painter and electrician.
He was kicked out of his house by his parents as a teenager.
He dropped out of high school.

Personal Quotes (2)

"It was a distortion... a mercenary decision to create this parallel history in order to drive the movie for an American audience... Both my grandparents were officers in World War Two, and I would be personally offended if somebody distorted their achievements." - on his U-571 screenplay.
[on editing] And that's one of the toughest things about writing, shooting, and directing a film, is you end up with these orphans and you fucking love them and you think they'd be amazing scenes and do these amazing things but the film is a dictatorship (laughs), not a democracy, and just because something's cool and charismatic doesn't mean it gets to survive in the final cut. The flow of the movie is the highest master. [2016]

Salary (1)

Training Day (2001) $1,000,000

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