David Ayer celebrates the 20th anniversary of Training Day with a set photo
David Ayer shares a new photo of Denzel Washington from the set of Training Day to celebrate the crime thriller’s 20th anniversary.
Writer David Ayer shares a new photo of Denzel Washington on the set of training day to celebrate the crime thriller’s 20th anniversary. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film revolves around future Los Angeles narcotics officer Jake Hoyt as he rides with veteran officer Alonzo Harris for 24 hours to prove his worth through the gangrenous neighborhoods of Westlake, Echo Park and South Central LA. Washington starred in the film alongside Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn, Cliff Curtis, Eva Mendes, Raymond Cruz, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Macy Gray.
In theaters in 2001, training day proved to be a solid hit, grossing over $104 million worldwide against a production budget of $45 million and earning generally positive reviews from critics. Both Washington and Hawke’s performances were praised in the film, with the former earning his first Best Actor Oscar and his second overall after Glory‘s Best Supporting statue and Hawke earning his first Oscar nomination. training day would later be adapted into a television series starring Bill Paxton in one of his final performances, although due to the actor’s death and poor reviews and ratings they would be canceled after one season.
In honor of the film’s 20th anniversary, Ayer took to Twitter to share a new photo of Washington from the set of training day. Ayer paired the image with a story of his struggles while writing the film and expressed his gratitude for helping launch his career. Check out Ayer’s photo and story below:
The Training Day came out twenty years ago today. What a journey. I finished the first draft in December 1995. I had nothing to my name. I didn’t even have a bed or a fridge. Just a script that I knew was special. He launched an entire career. #Grateful pic.twitter.com/ob8vtxABL8
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) October 5, 2021
Although his DC Extended Universe effort The Suicide Squad and The tax collector have certainly divided critics and fans on the filmmaker, training day certainly proved a good start for Ayer’s career. It would also mark a trend in his style of storytelling, frequently using his experiences in the military and growing up in South Central Los Angeles for his films, notably in End of guard tour and The tax collector. Ayer’s reflection on how the film launched his career, and his gratitude for making it, is sure to move his fans who find the job.
The legacy of training day lives on in Hollywood, with the film’s iconic quotes having been parodied and referenced in many genres over the years. Additionally, Warner Bros. would develop a prequel to the film revolving around Washington’s Alonzo Harris character at the Rodney King trial, although no further word was given in the two years since its announcement. Fans can celebrate the 20th anniversary of training day by streaming it on Netflix or HBO Max.
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