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Jake Gyllenhaal 'witnessed a murder' during 'End of Watch' prep

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Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed that he witnessed a murder during his preparation for End of Watch.

The actor spent several months training for his role as an LAPD officer in David Ayer's drama, in which he and Michael Peña star as two officers with a close bond.

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"This movie changed my life," Gyllenhaal told Hitfix. "I mean, the experience of it... every step along the way I learned something about myself. And I saw the world in a different way."

He went on to describe the first of several ride-alongs he went on with real LAPD officers.

"The first ride I went on I saw someone murdered. It changes your life. You don't come back from something like that and not see the world a different way.

"And subsequently, [watching] everything from domestic violence to stolen cars to you name it. And along with the camaraderie and the friendship and the joking and all of that, seeing that for real for five months and shooting for 22 days? And seeing it for real? I won't be the same in many, many good ways."

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena play LAPD cops in David Ayer's 'End of Watch'.


Gyllenhaal recently revealed that he agreed to being tased during his preparation, because he wanted to know how it felt.

End of Watch will play at this year's BFI London Film Festival.

The film will be released in the US tomorrow (September 21), and the UK on November 23.

Watch a trailer for End of Watch below:

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