There’s no one film that launched Denzel Washington as a star. Rather, a collection of late ’80s and early ’90s performances, culminating in the drama/thriller combo of Philadelphia and Crimson Tide, cemented his leading man status. But there is one picture that tends to stand above most of Washington’s work, by virtue of the ferocity he brought to the role. Training Day, released in 2001, saw director Antoine Fuqua guiding Washington to one of his most striking performances, and to his second Oscar win.
Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington have teamed up again for The Equalizer. While the film is based on the concept created for an early ’80s TV show starring Edward Woodward, in which a former special ops guy uses his skill set to help the needy, the film is something a bit different. This is, as Fuqua explains, meant to be a bit like a European thriller, and a bit like a Western. It looks a bit more spare than your typical studio action picture. We visited the Boston-area set of the film, and spoke to Fuqua about the project. Read More »
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A few weeks ago we saw the first trailer for The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington. But that one turns out to have been a less than legit release. Now Sony has released a new Equalizer trailer. This isn’t just the same thing with a different logo or two; it’s the same trailer with a lot of additional footage that gives a new look at the film.
While the first cut we saw was all about Denzel kicking the ass of some Russian mobsters thanks to their mistreatment of a young prostitute played by Chloe Grace Moretz, this one opens up with his character at work in a Home Depot-like big box store. A robbery angers the Equalizer, and while we don’t see any overt violence in response, the trailer gives a pretty good indication of how he deals with the situation. And then the mess with the mob gets started. Watch below.
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Denzel Washington reunites with director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) for The Equalizer. The film is a vague return to the premise of the ’80s TV show in which Edward Woodward played an old special ops guy who atoned for past sins by working pro bono for people in need. The plot of this film doesn’t seem to have much to do with the show, except for the fact that Denzel is a former black ops guy who can clear a room full of bad guys in mere seconds, and he deploys those skills to help a young woman (Chloe Grace Moretz). The first Equalizer trailer is mostly Denzel being calm, collected, and savagely violent; watch below. Read More »
Antoine Fuqua directed Denzel Washington in The Equalizer last year, but Sony has been slow to roll out any footage. Now we’ve got an official poster and a set of images, along with what appears to have been a pretty good “viral” marketing gag that was placed in the New York Times over the weekend. The film updates the ’80s TV show, with Denzel as a former special ops guy who “donates” his skills to those in need. Check out the new Equalizer images below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
A dozen years ago, Antoine Fuqua‘s Training Day made Denzel Washington the first black man to win Best Actor since Sidney Poitier in 1964. The pair liked the results of their collaboration so much that they’ve been looking for an opportunity to work together again, and this year they finally got their chance when Fuqua signed on for the long-gestating crime thriller The Equalizer.
While the film won’t come out for another nine months, the first image from it has just hit the web. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Chloë Grace Moretz has never been one to shy away from edgy roles, starting with her breakthrough turn as violent, foul-mouthed Hit-Girl in 2010′s Kick-Ass. Even so, her latest gig is bound to raise some eyebrows.
The 16-year-old actress will play a young prostitute in The Equalizer, Antoine Fuqua‘s big-screen adaptation of the ’80s TV series. Moretz joins Denzel Washington, who leads as a retired secret agent with a dark past. Hit the jump to find out how Moretz wound up with the part.
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Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Paul Haggis, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Rupert Wyatt have all been attached to Sony’s The Equalizer at one point or other over the last few years. Now it’s Antoine Fuqua‘s turn to try and take the helm. The filmmaker has entered early talks to reunite with his Training Day star Denzel Washington for the action thriller, which is still hoping to shoot later this spring.
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Briefly: Sony and Denzel Washington want to make a new/updated version of the classic ’80s TV series The Equalizer. It’s pretty easy to see why, as the role of a former intelligence agent who offers his skills pro bono to people in need seems like something that could very easily blend Washington’s appeal with modern economic concerns to achieve some of the same popularity of a film like Taken.
But getting someone to direct the film hasn’t been a quick process. The project has been in development for a while, but since Denzel came on it has seen the director’s chair occupied for a while by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson). He moved on earlier this year. More recently, it looked like Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) would make the film. But schedules didn’t work out, and Wyatt moved on. That leaves Sony looking for someone new.
Wyatt has a couple other big projects to do: he’s directing some TV (the pilot of Turn, for AMC) and just landed Nicholas Hoult to play the lead in his film adaptation of the novel Birdsong. [Deadline]
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