In the cop crime drama, two young officers — Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña — are marked for death after confiscating a small cache of money and firearms from the members of a notorious cartel.
Gyllenhaal says there was extreme prep required for the film, telling the magazine: “Five months for a 22-day shoot. Three nights a week in ride-alongs with cops. Fight training every morning at Kenpo Karate Dojo, and I got the sh*t kicked out of me.”
What else happened prior to filming?
He continued: “Then the shooting range, shooting past each other’s heads, with live ammo. There’s a simulated fire in the movie, but Dave (the Director) wanted us to feel what that’s like, so he had us do a controlled burn… a Saturday where me and Michael Pena drive down to Orange County, dressed like firemen head-to-toe, and suddenly we’re there just sitting in the middle of a burning building.”
Looking back on his career thus far, Gyllenhaal also opened up about his outlook on life.
“Every journey starts with fear. And I could say that’s what I want to embrace now. A real experience. And I want, overall, to trust what I know is right. There have been many times when I haven’t. It’s what I’m asking myself: Where is the line? What is the line? There’s so much context, it can be almost impossible to find,” he said.
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