10/06/2012 02:03 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2012

The Cop Whisperer - Features - Los Angeles Magazine

Last spring Jake Gyllenhaal showed up at the Silver Lake offices of writer-director David Ayer to pitch himself for the lead role in End of Watch--a cop movie whose $8 million budget was less than what the actor reportedly took home for starring in the Prince of Persia. "I told Dave I was ready to devote my life to this," Gyllenhaal says. "I've said in the past I've wanted to devote myself to a project, but I've never done that in a way that I did for this movie."