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Published on Oct 11, 2012

Michael Peña chats about working with Jake Gyllenhaal, how they didn't get along initially, police ride-alongs, shootings, beatings & crime. Watch interview with End of Watch producer http://youtu.be/C_z76MntrA0 John Lesher

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End of Watch is directed by David Ayer and the cast stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña and features Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Cody Horn, Natalie Martinez, and Frank Grillo.

End of Watch trailer preview clip spoiler song scenes soundtrack and teaser http://youtu.be/TYGXe5ggBx0

Michael Peña (Officer Zavala) has distinguished himself in Hollywood as an actor with a wide range of performances who has worked with an impressive roster of award winning directors. Peña earned notable recognition for his performance in Paul Haggis' provocative Oscar® winning film Crash, alongside Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon and Terrence Howard. Critically acclaimed for the film's interpretation of complex race relations in contemporary America, Peña has garnered multiple best ensemble nominations for his role as 'Daniel the locksmith' winning awards from the Screen Actors Guild and the Broadcast Film Critics Association for the cast's performance.
Peña was most recently seen in the Sony Pictures comedy 30 Minutes or Less starring Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride. He also stared alongside Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in the Brett Ratner action film Tower Heist. In September 2012, you can see Peña in Gangster Squad opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling. The film is set in the 50's and chronicles the LAPD's fight to keep the East Coast Mafia out of Los Angeles. Peña also has a starring role in End of Watch, which centers on the longtime friendship of two cops. He will star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Peña just wrapped Chavez for director Diego Luna, where Peña will portray the labor organizer, Cesar Chavez Peña has worked on a range of films in the past year, including the independent film Everything Must Go alongside Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall; the dark comedy indie feature, The Good Doctor, starring Orlando Bloom and most recently in the action film Battle: Los Angeles which he was nominated for a 2011 ALMA award.
Peña's film credits include The Lucky Ones, co-starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins; Jody Hill's comedy Observe and Report with Seth Rogen; Robert Redford's political drama Lions for Lambs, along with Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; and Werner Herzog and David Lynch's psychological thriller My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done with Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe and Chloe Sevigny.
Peña's other noteworthy credits consist of Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, which chronicled the heroism of American servicemen in the direct aftermath of the September 11th attacks; Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby; Matthew Ryan Hoge's The United States of Leland; Gregor Jordan's Buffalo Soldiers; Antoine Fuqua's Shooter; and Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel.
On television, Peña also starred in the HBO film "Walkout." Based on the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher who helped stage a massive student walkout in the mid-1960s, Pena received an Imagen Award for Best Actor in the television category for his performance. He recently re-teamed with Danny McBride on the second season of HBO's "Eastbound and Down." He also appeared on the F/X drama "The Shield" for its fourth season as one of the central leads opposite Glenn Close and Anthony Anderson. Other television credits include Steven Spielberg's NBC series "Semper Fi."
Raised in Chicago, Peña began acting when he beat out hundreds of others in an open call for a role in Peter Bogdonovich's To Sir, With Love 2, starring Sidney Poitier.

Thanks to London Film Festival http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff

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