David Ayer

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David Ayer
Born January 18, 1968 (1968-01-18) (age 46)
Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Film director, film producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active 2000–present

David Ayer (born January 18, 1968) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is best-known for being the writer of Training Day (2001), directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, and the director and writer of the End of Watch (2012), starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. He is the the director and writer of the upcoming war film Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman.

Early life[edit]

David Ayer was born in Champaign, Illinois, on January 18, 1968, and grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Bethesda, Maryland, where he was kicked out of his house by his parents as a teenager. Ayer then lived with his cousin in Los Angeles, California, where his experiences in South Central Los Angeles became the inspiration for many of his films. Ayer then enlisted in the United States Navy as a submariner.

Career[edit]

Ayer's screenplay, Squids, was based on his experiences as a U.S. Navy sailor, and those his experiences from his service in the U.S. Navy into rewrites of the submarine thriller U-571. Ayer collaborated on the screenplay for The Fast and the Furious in 2001. Ayer wrote the screenplay for crime drama Dark Blue, and it was his research into the Los Angeles Police Department that led to his most prominent screenplay, Training Day. Ayer signed a contract to write a screenplay for S.W.A.T., which was based on his original story pitch. The film was directed by Clark Johnson and released in 2003.

Ayer's directorial debut was with the film Harsh Times, a drama set on the streets of South Central Los Angeles, showing how drug use and past military experiences affects people's attempts to lead normal lives. He then went on to direct the crime thriller Street Kings, which was released in 2008.

Ayer later wrote and directed End of Watch, a drama about the daily lives of two South Central Los Angeles policemen, played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. The film was released in the fall of 2012 to profitable box-office returns and favorable reception from critics, with Roger Ebert naming it as the fourth best film of 2012, hailing it as "one of the best police movies in recent years".[1]

Ayer's latest film is the crime thriller Sabotage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the film was released on March 28, 2014. He is currently directing the World War II-set film, Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman for a November 2014 release date.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2000 U-571 Yes
2001 Training Day Yes Yes Cameo as a Russian Mafia hitman
The Fast and the Furious Yes
2002 Dark Blue Yes
2003 S.W.A.T. Yes
2005 Harsh Times Yes Yes Yes
2008 Street Kings Yes Cameo as gang member prisoner in L.A. County Jail
2012 End of Watch Yes Yes Yes
2014 Sabotage Yes Yes Reworked original screenplay by Skip Woods.
2014 Fury Yes Yes Filming

Controversy[edit]

Ayer wrote the submarine thriller U-571, a fictional account of the United States capturing the Enigma code rather than Great Britain. The furor that surrounded the film's release led British Prime Minister Tony Blair to claim that it was an "affront to the memories" of those involved and U.S. President Bill Clinton to write a letter emphasizing the film's fictional nature. Ayer has said that U-571 distorted history by this assertion and that he would not do it again. "It was a distortion", he said, "a mercenary decision to create this parallel history in order to drive the movie for an American audience. Both my grandparents were officers in World War II, and I would be personally offended if somebody distorted their achievements."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ebert, Roger. "End of Watch". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Deadline (May 1, 2013). "Logan Lerman Enlists for Fury". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 

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