21 August 2012 12:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

When Jake Gyllenhaal signed on to play a brash, ambitious young cop in David Ayer's End of Watch, he took his training to the extreme. The 31-year-old actor beefed up and shaved his head, military-style, to play Officer Taylor, who patrols the meanest, most gang-addled streets of south central Los Angeles alongside his partner, Officer Zavala, played by Michael Pena. The two, who are also best friends, run into trouble when they see something they shouldn't. "I spent five months on the streets with, like, three sets of police officers from the sheriff’s department and from

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