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Russell Crowe may tip the scales as The Equalizer

06.15.2010

After the overblown epic ROBIN HOOD, Russell Crowe is dialing it down to street level.

Crowe is attached to star in THE EQUALIZER, the long-planned feature adaptation of the 80s TV series. The original show featured Edward Woodward as New York vigilante Robert McCall, a former secret agent who would lend his particular "troubleshooting" skills to innocents in need. These altruistic acts were McCall's attempts to repent for his more heinous activities during his days as a government spook.

The project is currently making the rounds at the studios in search of a home -- which may prove a challenge after the resounding box office thud of another similarly themed 80s TV show-turned-movie, THE A-TEAM.

The Weinsteins previously tried to get an EQUALIZER movie locked and loaded, and Jason Statham was once rumored for the lead role.

Extra Tidbit: KARATE KID villain William Zabka played McCall's estranged son on the show.
Source: LA Times

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6:09PM on 06/16/2010
I loved the original show and would rather see Statham than Crowe, but I think they should try and find an actor closer to upper middle age (mid 50's) than an actor in their 30's or 40's.
I loved the original show and would rather see Statham than Crowe, but I think they should try and find an actor closer to upper middle age (mid 50's) than an actor in their 30's or 40's.
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1:52PM on 06/16/2010

I like this

Loved the original series w McCall and I think Crowe can pull this off. As for the A Team remake, I really liked it as well.
Loved the original series w McCall and I think Crowe can pull this off. As for the A Team remake, I really liked it as well.
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7:49AM on 06/16/2010
Hopefully Crowe can master that Jason Voorhees-like way in which a slowly-walking McCall would always catch up with the bad guys - even if they'd driven away from him in a speeding car - and step out of the shadows with his trademark middle-aged paunch silhouette.
Hopefully Crowe can master that Jason Voorhees-like way in which a slowly-walking McCall would always catch up with the bad guys - even if they'd driven away from him in a speeding car - and step out of the shadows with his trademark middle-aged paunch silhouette.
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4:32AM on 06/16/2010

Crowe is fine.

"The Equalizer" worked on several levels - not only was Edward Woodward an atypical action man, given his age and upper-class aura, but it also worked as an unofficial sequel to his Callan character, the international hitman he played as a younger actor. One could watch "The Equalizer" and see Robert McCall as someone atoning for their life of violence by using his skills to set things right.

Russell Crowe is fine for this, because honestly, I think that's as old as studio financiers are
"The Equalizer" worked on several levels - not only was Edward Woodward an atypical action man, given his age and upper-class aura, but it also worked as an unofficial sequel to his Callan character, the international hitman he played as a younger actor. One could watch "The Equalizer" and see Robert McCall as someone atoning for their life of violence by using his skills to set things right.

Russell Crowe is fine for this, because honestly, I think that's as old as studio financiers are willing to go with a major motion picture these days. George Clooney would have been an alright choice had the character not seemed so similar to the one he appears to play in "The American". Crowe would certainly be able to channel the character of Robert McCall, but it would miss the depth-by-proxy nature that Woodward brought to the role.

If one could find an actor who brings with him a stigma of past violence to his character, it could provide a similar effect (like Sean Connery in "The Rock", making an ersatz sequel to his Bond films), but of course that's not the only way to cast the film. Crowe is an Oscar-winning actor able to create characters who can kill and then sleep peacefully, but he can also command sympathy and interest. I wish him luck.
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7:40AM on 06/16/2010
An informed opinion! Nice to see.
An informed opinion! Nice to see.
11:02AM on 06/16/2010
I second that...very well done and hopefully it comes to pass.
I second that...very well done and hopefully it comes to pass.
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12:52AM on 06/16/2010
So I wonder if Burn Notice was a reinvention of The Equalizer.
So I wonder if Burn Notice was a reinvention of The Equalizer.
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12:28AM on 06/16/2010
Of course Edward Woodward owns this role - Crowe will make a fine fill in for a big screen production.
Of course Edward Woodward owns this role - Crowe will make a fine fill in for a big screen production.
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12:14AM on 06/16/2010
So I wonder if Burn Notice was a reinvention of The Equalizer.
So I wonder if Burn Notice was a reinvention of The Equalizer.
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12:18AM on 06/17/2010
No, it's not. Now, you can stop wondering.
No, it's not. Now, you can stop wondering.
11:56PM on 06/15/2010
Crowe is iffy with me, but I do like the premise and how it's more "to the ground". We'll see how this goes.
Crowe is iffy with me, but I do like the premise and how it's more "to the ground". We'll see how this goes.
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