Talk about dedication.
Not only did Jake Gyllenhaal and his End of Watch costars go on real ride-alongs with Los Angeles police officers to prepare for their roles as cops patrolling South Central, but they also got tased.
"It was not pleasant, I'll say that," Gyllenhaal told me at last night's L.A. Live premiere of the movie (in theaters on Friday). "Thousands of volts of electricity going through your body in a very short amount of time is not a lot of fun."
So why'd they do it?
"They said they do it to the training officers," costar America Ferrera said. "But no one made me do it. I am the one who succumbed to the peer pressure because everyone else was doing it. It's not my proudest moment, but we all have the shared experience and I guess it bonded us."
"I tried to roll up and be a badass," said Michael Peña, who plays Gyllenhaal's police partner and best friend in the movie. "I was like, 'All right, dude, go ahead.'"
All of the tasing was captured on film. "Somebody showed it in slow motion," Peña said. "I do not look cool at all."
Fingers crossed it's all included on the DVD.