The adrenaline kicking End of Watch opens wide across the country today, staring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as two L.A. cops who get on the bad side of a drug cartel. Costar Anna Kendrick admits to being serious knocked out by Jake’s renaissance man movie-making abilities, and thinks he has it in him to direct a feature film on his own. So what does End Of Watch director David Ayers think of all this? “Absolutely!” he answers emphatically when VH1 News caught up with him at the red carpet premiere. “He gets in everything. He’s brilliant, he’s meticulous, he’s very thoughtful, and he always has the interest of the movie at heart.” David explains that in addition to his stellar acting performance, Jake also acted as his producing partner for the film. “He did a fantastic job,” he adds.
Jake was more modest about his Executive Producer credit, saying that he didn’t do it for the glory but because the finances for the film were so low! “We were asking for favors. I was calling up Eric Garcetti and being like, ‘Can you be the mayor in our movie?’ All the time there’s stuff like that.” In recognition for all of his wheeling and dealing, Ayers award Jake the all-important title. “It was one of the best days of my career so far,” he says of the moment he learned he was being named an Executive Producer. “I love making movies. To me it’s my life, I grew up in that. And to be honored as part of the film making process was just such an honor.” Will Jake follow in the footsteps of fellow acting A-listers like Ben Affleck, Angelina Jolie, and George Clooney and make the jump into the directorial part of the film process? We can see it happening!