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Denzel Washington in talks to shoot people in Universal's 2 Guns

02.08.2012

I don't get Denzel Washington sometimes. He's a great actor - one of the best of his generation - but he often slums it with odd throwaway pictures like this week's SAFE HOUSE. What's weird is that I rarely (if ever) see anyone call attention to that, and I often wonder why. Dude's better than this stuff.

Will the trend continue? Deadline reports that Washington is in talks to join Mark Wahlberg in Universal's comic adaptation 2 GUNS for director Baltasar Kormakur (CONTRABAND). Here's a breakdown of the Steven Grant series:

In the vein of Ocean's Eleven and The Italian Job, Two Guns is a pulp story about cops and thieves and the men that are something in between. Trench has targeted a local bank to rob, and asked Steadman in on the job. Trench figures it's a great way to score considering it's a cover for mob money. They'll be thieves ripping off thieves. But what Steadman doesn't know is that Trench is a DEA agent. And what Trench doesn't know is that Steadman's got his own secret and isn't who he appears to be...

The adaptation comes written by TV guy Blake Masters ("Law & Order: LA", "Brotherhood"). Project is currently assembling financing. Washington, meanwhile, may get a chance to flex those acting muscles after all with the upcoming Robert Zemeckis airplane drama FLIGHT due out later this year.
Extra Tidbit: If nothing else, SAFE HOUSE is seriously rocking one of the laziest one sheets I have ever seen...
Source: Deadline

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6:02PM on 02/08/2012
Denzel has been phoning it in for years. One of the more overrated actors of the generation.
Denzel has been phoning it in for years. One of the more overrated actors of the generation.
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4:46PM on 02/08/2012
I'll take Safe House and 2 Guns over an "airplane drama" any day. Maybe you shouldn't judge Safe House until you've actually seen it!
I'll take Safe House and 2 Guns over an "airplane drama" any day. Maybe you shouldn't judge Safe House until you've actually seen it!
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1:58PM on 02/08/2012
I think, in a rather unfortunate way, Denzel is doing perhaps the smartest thing to keep himself relevant. He's playing up his star power in a way few black actors do, so that he BECOMES the reason to see the movie. But while "Safe House" could be a decent thriller, it does feel very deja vu (no pun intended).
Last time I really enjoyed myself with a Denzel movie was "Inside Man." I mean, he's always good, but that movie was able to surprise me in ways most of his movies don't.
I think, in a rather unfortunate way, Denzel is doing perhaps the smartest thing to keep himself relevant. He's playing up his star power in a way few black actors do, so that he BECOMES the reason to see the movie. But while "Safe House" could be a decent thriller, it does feel very deja vu (no pun intended).
Last time I really enjoyed myself with a Denzel movie was "Inside Man." I mean, he's always good, but that movie was able to surprise me in ways most of his movies don't.
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1:23PM on 02/08/2012
Can't help but admire the aptness of that picture.
Can't help but admire the aptness of that picture.
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12:48PM on 02/08/2012
Completely agree with ActionFan81. I love Denzel movies. The guy is so charismatic he can lock you into anything. Oh ya, and Safe House looks like a kickass time at the theaters.
Completely agree with ActionFan81. I love Denzel movies. The guy is so charismatic he can lock you into anything. Oh ya, and Safe House looks like a kickass time at the theaters.
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6:18AM on 02/08/2012

Denzel the badass!

Doesn't matter what Denzel does he ALWAYS comes out likable because of his unbreakable charm (Yes, I enjoyed Unstoppable and Pelham 123 I'm so sorry!)
I think age is a factor which tends to limit roles one can play and with Denzel Washington its "been there, done that" so maybe its time for a slight reinvention. Besides I'd rather see him do this than gross-out comedy or a return to TV.
Doesn't matter what Denzel does he ALWAYS comes out likable because of his unbreakable charm (Yes, I enjoyed Unstoppable and Pelham 123 I'm so sorry!)
I think age is a factor which tends to limit roles one can play and with Denzel Washington its "been there, done that" so maybe its time for a slight reinvention. Besides I'd rather see him do this than gross-out comedy or a return to TV.
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