Posted in: Interviews, NewsPublished: September 21, 2012
The new police thriller END OF WATCH opens this weekend, playing off the current craze of "found footage" movies, but with an interesting spin. Written and directed by David Ayer (who wrote TRAINING DAY), the film uses the idea of two beat cops in L.A. patrolling South Central, with one of them documenting their day to day activities for a film class - hence the cameras always shooting what's going on around them. The result is gritty and realistic, and not played in typical Hollywood fashion at all, and it's very interesting to watch. I had a chance to sit down with two of the film's stars, the very talented Michael Peña and the very beautiful Natalie Martinez. They came to Dallas for a press tour, and I was literally their last conversation before leaving to get on a plane - no pressure. I've always enjoyed Peña's work, and he's particularly good in this, plus the relationship with him and Martinez feels very real and sincere. Check out the video below, and go see END OF WATCH this weekend to find out what all we were talking about. I'm particularly interested to find out if the ending (one of three endings David Ayer shot) that Dallas critics saw is in fact the ending left on the final film. One of the things we talk about in the movie is a weddning scene, that involves almost all of the principal cast members, and feels like a very real wedding video. The other moment we touch on is a fight scene with Michael and a drunk man in the film which (like a lot of things in here) looks pretty legitimate and brutal. I figured someone got hurt, and it sounds like I was right. My sincere thanks to the lovely Rachel Parker for shooting this!
And just for grins, here's two shots of Michael and Natalie in the film - small spoiler alert, they have a baby, as you can tell be the pics: