Jake Gyllenhaal: I Got Tased!

Celebrity News Sep. 19, 2012 AT 7:30PM
Jake Gyllenhaal attends the premiere of 'End of Watch' on September 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Jake Gyllenhaal attends the premiere of 'End of Watch' on September 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Go ahead and tase him, bro. Jake Gyllenhaal can take it.

The 31-year-old actor got some experience on the wrong end of a police taser while doing research for his new thriller, End of Watch, about two young officers going up against a Los Angeles drug cartel.

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"It was not pleasant!" Gyllenhaal told Us Weekly at the film's premiere in L.A. Monday. "Thousands of volts of electricity through your body in a very short period of time was not fun. But ultimately, I can talk about it!"

Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal in 'End of Watch'.
Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal in 'End of Watch'.
Credit: Scott Garfield/Open Road Films

In addition to his shock treatment, to get a comprehensive feel for what law enforcement officials have to go through on a daily basis, Gyllenhaal revealed he did ride-alongs with members of the Inglewood Police Department.

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"I had no idea what to expect. The guys I was with . . . are so seasoned and so professional," the Love and Other Drugs actor said. On his first night, "We went to a call where someone had been shot -- it was a murder."

Being on hand for the events that unfolded that night helped Gyllenhaal put his own situation into perspective -- and recognize how important it was to ensure the story he and his costars were telling was as truthful as possible.

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"This was a moment where I think you recognize the absurdity of your own job in light of the situation that you're seeing," he confessed. "I thought to myself, 'What am I doing here, why am I here?' Then I realized we're trying to make a movie that's authentic. It was no joke to any of us, and that made it no joke to me."

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