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1st look at Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's adaptation of The Equalizer

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Based on the '80's TV show, THE EQUALIZER has gone through quite a few hands before settling on its final creative team. Nicholas Winding Refn was set to direct for a time, then RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES helmer Ruper Wyatt was in the mix, before the film nabbed ANTOINE FUQUA (TRAINING DAY, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN) with Denzel Washington in the lead (at one time, Russell Crowe was also a contender). Now in post production, the film co-stars Chloe Moretz, Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas, and Vladimir Kulich with a plot that fits the original show's set up and today we have a peek at Washington in character.

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"...a focus on veteran covert operative McCall, a man seeking redemption for his past dark deeds in carrying out ruthless missions on behalf of the US government. He’s now offering his skills to those in desperate need as a classified advertisement in the local newspaper – “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call The Equalizer.”

I've never seen the show so can't speak to whether or not this is a good/bad situation, but I am a fan of Fuqua and Washington, who both deliver solid entertainment more often than not. The last time the two got together Denzel won an Oscar, so this repairing can't hurt. Fuqua's recent OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN was cheesy fare, but still a lot of fun. The same goes for Washington's latest, 2 GUNS, which was a surprisingly good time. THE EQUALIZER looks like something that will likely swim in the same vein and I'm cool with that.

THE EQUALIZER offers up its skills on September 26, 2014.

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11:59AM on 12/10/2013
Still one of TV's best theme songs. (Back when shows used to have theme songs.)
Still one of TV's best theme songs. (Back when shows used to have theme songs.)
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7:56PM on 12/09/2013
"OK, Denzel, now do your best Forrest Whitaker impression....Great, that's it!"
"OK, Denzel, now do your best Forrest Whitaker impression....Great, that's it!"
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6:34PM on 12/09/2013

Looks good!

I hope they keep the classic theme song.
I hope they keep the classic theme song.
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4:16PM on 12/09/2013
This should be good. Denzel one of the few prolific actors that always puts out a quality film. DeNiro and Pacino should take hints.
This should be good. Denzel one of the few prolific actors that always puts out a quality film. DeNiro and Pacino should take hints.
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4:04PM on 12/09/2013
I like the modern day Equalizer - Person of Interest
I like the modern day Equalizer - Person of Interest
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2:52PM on 12/09/2013
Denzel Washington as The Equalizer = Badass
Stewart Copeland not doing the music - BOO-URNS!!!!
Denzel Washington as The Equalizer = Badass
Stewart Copeland not doing the music - BOO-URNS!!!!
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2:12PM on 12/09/2013

not that it will ever happen....

but how awesome would it be if they somehow got Denzel to do a cameo in the next Expendables???
but how awesome would it be if they somehow got Denzel to do a cameo in the next Expendables???
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2:05PM on 12/09/2013
I always enjoy Antoine Fuqua movies and Denzel movies.
I always enjoy Antoine Fuqua movies and Denzel movies.
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12:10PM on 12/09/2013
This could even sound like a prequel to Safe House as well.
This could even sound like a prequel to Safe House as well.
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11:52AM on 12/09/2013
This sounds like it could be Part 2 of Man on Fire if that movie had ended a bit differently. In fact if you take away the 'kidnapping' this movie IS Man on Fire, and I'm perfectly okay with that :)
This sounds like it could be Part 2 of Man on Fire if that movie had ended a bit differently. In fact if you take away the 'kidnapping' this movie IS Man on Fire, and I'm perfectly okay with that :)
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11:42AM on 12/09/2013
Denze isl still a badass after all these years.
Denze isl still a badass after all these years.
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11:41AM on 12/09/2013
Denzel Washington looking badass on a chair.

Loved him in Safe House.
Denzel Washington looking badass on a chair.

Loved him in Safe House.
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11:41AM on 12/09/2013
Man, Denzel Washington sits at a chair = badass aura.
Man, Denzel Washington sits at a chair = badass aura.
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11:42AM on 12/09/2013
We practically wrote the same thing.
We practically wrote the same thing.
11:47AM on 12/09/2013
Haha, yeah, because he does have that badass aura.
Haha, yeah, because he does have that badass aura.
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