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New images and info on Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer with Denzel Washington

04.22.2014

The TRAINING DAY duo of Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua are reteaming for yet another TV-to-film adaptation, THE EQUALIZER, and today we have some new pics and info on the film. Washington stars as former black ops commando Robert McCall, who is living in solitude, but is drawn out in order to help a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and square off with Russian gangsters. The TV series ran from 1985 - 1989 and starred the late Edward Woodward. Washington says he never really watched the show, but that wasn't part of his desire to star in the film version.

"The title doesn't mean anything to me. It's the material," says Washington. "It's a classic story, the innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt. You'll get some popcorn and escape for a couple of hours."

Fuqua says that they shot "believable" action sequences for the film, avoiding the superhuman antics that typically populate the genre and utilized 59-year-old Washington for the majority of the stunt work.

"His hand-to-hand work is pretty nasty when the monster comes out," says Fuqua. "We used what was around him. You'd be surprised what he can do with a corkscrew. You'll never open a bottle of wine the same way again."

THE EQUALIZER has the potential to be a franchise starter for Washington and early test screenings have already prompted the studio to hire screenwriter Richard Wenk to begin work on a sequel, which, if it happens, would be Denzel's first. However, Washington is more concerned with how the first film does at the box office before getting excited for the next entry.

"The audience will decide that," says Washington. "You can't make No. 2 before you make No. 1. It's called show business. We've handled the show part of it. We'll see how the business part goes."

THE EQUALIZER, starring Denzel Washington, Chloe Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Haley Bennett, and Vladimir Kulich opens on September 26, 2014.

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Source: USA Today

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1:26AM on 04/26/2014
So Hit-Girl needs protection from a retired 59yr old? As bad as that sounds, I'm still there!
So Hit-Girl needs protection from a retired 59yr old? As bad as that sounds, I'm still there!
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7:28PM on 04/22/2014

I saw this when it was called MAN ON FIRE...

and it kicked ass! If this is half as good as that was, I will be happy. Now give us a trailer!
and it kicked ass! If this is half as good as that was, I will be happy. Now give us a trailer!
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4:26PM on 04/22/2014
I make number 2 before I make number 1 all the time.
I make number 2 before I make number 1 all the time.
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3:14PM on 04/22/2014
Enough with the pics! We need a trailer!
Enough with the pics! We need a trailer!
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12:53PM on 04/22/2014
Marton Csokas looks pretty Kevin Spacey-ish here.
Marton Csokas looks pretty Kevin Spacey-ish here.
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4:32PM on 04/22/2014
agreed, i had to do a double take.
agreed, i had to do a double take.
12:52PM on 04/22/2014
I'm really liking the subdued, gritty vibe of it all.
I'm really liking the subdued, gritty vibe of it all.
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12:11PM on 04/22/2014

Really hyped for this one

This just brings back memories of "Man on Fire" and that's never a bad thing. Denzel is gonna rock the shit out of it and if the trailer is able to help peak my interest this will be high on my most anticipated list
This just brings back memories of "Man on Fire" and that's never a bad thing. Denzel is gonna rock the shit out of it and if the trailer is able to help peak my interest this will be high on my most anticipated list
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11:40AM on 04/22/2014
That last picture - Denzel still got game!
That last picture - Denzel still got game!
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11:18AM on 04/22/2014

Die-Hard people should take note.

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12:14PM on 04/22/2014
I think we can hang that franchise up to dry now, I've given up on it. Fuqua made his version of 'Die Hard' anyhow, it was called "White House Down" and it was badass, give it a look if you haven't already.
I think we can hang that franchise up to dry now, I've given up on it. Fuqua made his version of 'Die Hard' anyhow, it was called "White House Down" and it was badass, give it a look if you haven't already.
12:18PM on 04/22/2014
White House Down could have been a great Die Hard. Sigh.
White House Down could have been a great Die Hard. Sigh.
12:52PM on 04/22/2014
I hope thats sacarsm talk right there, otherwise I think you've confused Fuqua for Emmerich.
I hope thats sacarsm talk right there, otherwise I think you've confused Fuqua for Emmerich.
4:25PM on 04/22/2014
Doh! Thanks ActionFan81 for correcting me, the film I'm talking about is the Fuqua directed "Olympus Has Fallen", I'll walk away in shame now.
Doh! Thanks ActionFan81 for correcting me, the film I'm talking about is the Fuqua directed "Olympus Has Fallen", I'll walk away in shame now.
11:15AM on 04/22/2014
This looks really good.
This looks really good.
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