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Monday 22 September 2014

Jake Gyllenhaal: I shouldn't have been Tasered

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal regrets asking to be Tasered for his movie, admitting it was "jarring".

The Hollywood hunk is currently promoting gritty thriller End of Watch, in which he plays a tough Los Angeles police officer. Jake spent a lot of time with real-life cops on patrol around notorious gangland areas and wanted to experience as much as he could before filming started.

The star formed close bonds with some officers and has some fond - and painful - memories of their time together.

"The laughter comes in the little things - like figuring out where to eat, because people will do c**ppy things to the food if you're a cop. Seriously," he told ShortList magazine. "Oh, and I got Tasered, which wasn't as funny at the time [laughs]. The guys asked me if I wanted to feel what it was like and I said, 'Yeah, f*ck it.' They put one wire on my chest, the other one on my leg and let the current run through me. It was five seconds, but it was jarring."

Jake was worried he might get noticed during his ride-alongs and have his cover blown by fans asking for autographs.

However, the 31-year-old star believes anyone who might have spotted him probably thought he just resembled the famous Hollywood star.

"Weirdly, no," he replied when asked if he was ever recognised during his tours with police officers. "Maybe I did get recognised, but I'd be sitting there with police officers and sometimes detectives wearing bulletproof vests, so most people were probably either too intimidated or too confused to ask for an autograph."

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