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The David Ayer Hollywood Story – The Man Behind Training Day and Bright

Known for violence, guts and gore. As well as highly stylized storytelling with
cool, gritty connections to the streets of LA. David Ayer is one of Hollywood’s most popular
working writer-directors. And for good reason. With films like Training Day and Fury under
his belt, Ayer has proven himself as a powerhouse in Hollywood when it comes to making films
that are both high-quality and high-energy. Welcome to Wicked-Binge. Your home to embrace the best cinema and television:
Because we love your favorite movies and shows too. I’m Kyle, and today we’re looking at the life
and career of David Ayer. From his teenage years in Los Angeles to his
time in the Navy, to his first screenwriting job, all the way up to his recent projects
like Netflix’s Bright. This is the Hollywood Story of David Ayer. But first, be sure to subscribe and hit that
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Born in Champaign, Illinois in 1968, David Ayer traveled with his family across the United
States, and eventually found himself settled in Los Angeles. Kicked out of the house by his mother early
on, he found himself staying on his cousin’s couch in South Central LA. In his own words, I raised a lot of hell. And when I came to California I didn’t really
stop. Not interested in college, Ayer dropped out
of high school and joined the Navy. Both environments, the Military life and the
streets of LA, would ultimately contribute to his work down the road. He served in the Navy as a Submarine Sonar
Technician (STS) aboard the USS Haddo. But it was after his time in the military,
while working in construction, that Ayer started writing. Claiming that he learned screenwriting from
reading Syd Field. Through a friendship with Wesley Strick, the
writer of Cape Fear, he landed some script rewriting jobs that led to his work as screenwriter
of Training Day. Antoine Fuqua’s film about an NYPD newcomer
desperate to make the NARC squad run by a corrupt and thick-skinned Sergeant. The movie would win Denzel Washington an Oscar
and kick-off Ayer’s career in Hollywood. But while Training Day was entering the early
stages of production, Ayer was approached to work on another project. One that would allow him to use his days in
the Navy as a resource for his writing. Ayer co-wrote U-571, a story of a US Recon
team on a mission to intercept a German vessel. Both films released to positive feedback. More work came in, as Ayer co-wrote The Fast
and the Furious, as well as S.W.A.T. and worked for the first time as sole writer on Dark
Blue All three of which took place in the streets of Los Angeles. Ayer’s first time in the director’s chair
was for the 2005 film Harsh Times, which he also wrote. The film about two friends in violent South
Central LA was met with mixed reviews, but sparked Ayer’s directing career. His 2012 film End of Watch, which surprise-surprise,
was about two young police officers taking on the streets of LA, was a big box office
win. Made for only 7 million dollars, the movie
grossed over 48 million. It also received overwhelmingly good reviews. After directing 2014’s Sabotage, a film he
didn’t himself write, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ayer began working on Fury. The story of a grizzled tank commander and
his squad, fighting German forces during the tail end of WW2. The film was met with great reviews and was
another box office win. Turning it’s 68 million dollar budget into
a worldwide gross of 211 million. Ayer referred to Fury as a Slice of Life film. Saying that it’s about a family in a tank. When asked about critics, he said At the end
of the day, I made End of Watch for Cops and I made Fury for people who’ve been in the
military. Ayer’s Suicide Squad was met with mixed opinions. Many saying it involved too much story, criticizing
the pacing and editing. While others praised him for the creative
risks he took as director. In hindsight, Ayer takes the criticism in
stride, saying I wish I had a time machine. I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer
a more grounded story. I have to take the good and bad and learn
from it. I love making movies and I love DC. I’m a high school dropout and used to paint
houses for a living. I’m lucky to have the job I have. I have to give the characters the stories
and plots they deserve next time. Real talk. (And no, there isn’t a secret edit of the
film with a bunch of Joker scenes hidden in a salt mine somewhere.) Netflix’s Bright, set in an alternate reality where humans, orcs and
elves coexist, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton was also met with mixed reviews. But interestingly, audiences loved it. Although critics tore the movie apart, viewers
have come to it’s defense, making it a film with one of the biggest discrepancies between
critics and audience scores. Holding only a 28% positive by Critics vs.
a very impressive 88% by Fans on Rotten Tomatoes. Shortly after it’s release, Ayer tweeted out
Thank you so much for all the kind words about Bright. It means a lot. I’m glad people are making their own minds
up! We’re looking forward to whatever movies David
Ayer writes or directs never. Which film of his is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below. OUTRO:
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