Meet the cast of If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet
With this video the Roundabout Theater finally get us to meet the whole cast of ‘If There Is’. They were just faces on random pictures, it’s nice to finally be able to listen to them talk about the play.
Updated to add this new movie still
Something more about End of Watch (I bet you thought I was finished).
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While Hollywood loves to expose the seedy underbelly of corruption within the LAPD (often truthfully), there are surprisingly few accounts of the noble side of police work in L.A.End of Watch is such a story, a hell of a piece of action filmmaking led by two tough performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, whose endearing friendship adheres you to their common plight.
The first person P.O.V. is disappointing and unoriginal, adding nothing to the already hardened world of the L.A.P.D. This is fast-paced action filmmaking, not The Diving Bell and the Butterfuly. Someone should’ve taken Ayers off this beaten path. It’s obvious he’s trying to reflect the times, but he should think of his audience.
Thankfully, End of Watch has a hell of a lot going for it to balance out the wobbly cinematography. Gyllenhaal and Pena have big-time chemistry and seem to really care about one another in the film. The emotional depth of their relationship is why it works, and as a whole, it does work. Gyllenhaal is especially good when he’s let off the leash and allowed to dip into his primal side. As in Jarhead and Source Code, we are treated to a performance of real energy. Gyllenhaal spent months preparing for the role and it shows. He walks and talks like a cop.
The hotel scene is fantastically paced and unnervingly suspenseful. As in Training Day, the end is constantly in doubt as the film seesaws between points of view. The sense of urgency is palpable for our hero cops and Ayer takes you to the edge of your seat in terms of putting them in real danger. He obviously knows the life of a L.A. police officer. Broadened by its fantastic action and admirable characters, End of Watch is a dynamic, slightly messy, tale of real-life heroes.
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“On my first ride-along, someone was murdered in front of me,” said Gyllenhaal in Toronto. “There was another officer initially on the scene. It was a drug [shoot-out] between gang members. I was probably the safest you can be. And yet I was at the forefront of the danger. There were moments on these ride-alongs when I was afraid. I was amazed with how LAPD took care of us. When there are two actors in the back of the car, you’re an added responsibility and Michael [Peña] and I were very aware of it.”
“For me, this movie was a journey,” said Gyllenhaal who also has an executive producer credit on the film. ” I spent five months preparing for this part. I went on ride-alongs with LAPD two or three times a week and was doing tactical training two times per week, and live ammunition training, as well as fight training, every morning. Everything was an internal journey for me. I don’t pay much attention to the external world… It was about that internal ride for me. I have consequently made some of the closest relationships I’ve had in my life so far. It’s safe to say they’re some of my closest friends at the moment.”
“I’m most proud of the relationship between me and Michael. That took the most time to build,” said Gyllenhaal. “Right now in my life, my focus is my work. It’s what matters to me more than anything. The results of that are what the results are. This movie was a different approach to making a movie than I’ve ever experienced.” Along with the ride-alongs with police officers, the two trained together in fighting and with live ammunition. Gyllenhaal admitted that went it came to fights, Peña had the leg up. “Every morning Michael and I would go to this dojo in [L.A. neighborhood] Echo Park and fight these kids. They were between 14 and 20 and they’d beat the crap out of me. Michael is a much better fighter than I am,” he admitted.
Finally, a footage of the whole Q&A at TIFF has been uploaded on YouTube. I’m not posting it cause it contains a huge spoiler that really would ruin your End of Watch experience (luckily I already knew what it was about or I’d have been very upset). But if you want to watch it, at your risk, I would skip from about 9’40” till 10’20” and be warned that I haven’t seen it till the end yet so there may be other spoilers that I don’t know of.