Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Roger Moore Says Idris Elba as James Bond is "Unrealistic" Because He's Not "English-English" Roger Moore Says Idris Elba as James Bond is "Unrealistic" Because He's Not "English-English" Dr Dre Hopes the N.W.A. Movie Will Correct Notions of the Group's Treatment of Women + Working on Inspired Album, More Dr Dre Hopes the N.W.A. Movie Will Correct Notions of the Group's Treatment of Women + Working on Inspired Album, More TV Casting Directors React to Deadline's "Ethnic Castings" Article (A Fad That Will Eventually Pass?) TV Casting Directors React to Deadline's "Ethnic Castings" Article (A Fad That Will Eventually Pass?) Taraji P. Henson Will Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time in April (How Many Black Women Have Hosted?) Taraji P. Henson Will Host 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time in April (How Many Black Women Have Hosted?) For White TV Writers Who Have Considered Racism When *Ethnic* Diversity Is Too Much For White TV Writers Who Have Considered Racism When *Ethnic* Diversity Is Too Much 'Key & Peele' "Substitute Teacher" Sketch to be Developed as a Feature Film 'Key & Peele' "Substitute Teacher" Sketch to be Developed as a Feature Film New Documentary Will Trace History of "Black Dandyism" (Trailer) New Documentary Will Trace History of "Black Dandyism" (Trailer) Best Performances By Black Actors/Actresses Ever? (Survey) Best Performances By Black Actors/Actresses Ever? (Survey) Tyler Perry Studios Forms Film, TV & Infrastructure Alliance w/ 4 Other Major Atlanta Studios Tyler Perry Studios Forms Film, TV & Infrastructure Alliance w/ 4 Other Major Atlanta Studios Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever' Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever' HBO Orders Steve McQueen's 'Codes of Conduct' to 6-Episode Limited Series HBO Orders Steve McQueen's 'Codes of Conduct' to 6-Episode Limited Series Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Apparently, Many of You Aren't Pleased With the "All-New" 'Single Ladies'... What's Going on? Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe are a Dysfunctional Mother-Son Pair in Trailer for 'Knucklehead' Alfre Woodard and Gbenga Akinnagbe are a Dysfunctional Mother-Son Pair in Trailer for 'Knucklehead' 'Single Ladies' Returns Tonight to a Rebranded Centric - "The First Network Designed for Black Women" 'Single Ladies' Returns Tonight to a Rebranded Centric - "The First Network Designed for Black Women" What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) What to Expect in Season 2 of 'Empire' (Less Opulence; Spike Lee May Direct, Oprah May Guest-Star, More) 73 New TV Pilots & Series with Black Actors in Starring and/or Supporting Roles Ordered for Next Season. Here's the Full List 73 New TV Pilots & Series with Black Actors in Starring and/or Supporting Roles Ordered for Next Season. Here's the Full List HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship HBO Seeks Diverse, Emerging Writers for HBOAccess Writing Fellowship Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

A Handful Of Fresh Official Photos From Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua Collab, 'The Equalizer'

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 22, 2014 at 12:47PM

A Handful Of Fresh Official Photos From Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua Collab, 'The Equalizer'
5
The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington

Fuqua and Washington don't go "superhero" in the movie. They shot believable action sequences, often performed by the 59-year-old Washington himself. And his director points out that the actor can truly bring it as he demonstrates each training day in the boxing gym. "He really hits those mitts," says Fuqua. "And you imagine what he'll do to you. You might underestimate him. That's your first mistake." Fuqua even was restrained in his use of guns in the film for fear that would detract from Washington's physical performance. "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."

Director Antoine Fuqua in a USA Today profile of Sony Pictures' adaptation of the TV series, The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, which will be released on September 26, 2014.

Included in that profile are several first-look photos from the upcoming movie, some of which are embedded within this post (below).

Chloe MoretzMarton Csokas and Melissa Leo, co-star with Washington in the film, directed by Washington's Training Day helmer, Fuqua, from a script written by Richard Wenk

The reportedly $50 million project is said to be designed to launch the first film franchise for Mr Washington - hence, if the first film does well, expect sequels. One has already been reportedly greenlit, even though the first film hasn't been released yet. It was said to have scored particularly well with test audience.

The TV series the film is based on was set in New York, and centered on a former secret agent (played by the late Edward Woodward) with a "mysterious past" who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as an investigator, aided by a diverse group of other sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days).

In the film adaptation, Washington plays Robert McCall, a retired intelligence operator who faked his own death to live under the radar. But after finding a young woman (played by Chloe Moretz) in trouble with the Russian mob, he returns to action to use his extreme tactics for good.

With Fuqua helming, this probably means we should expect a more hard-hitting, raw, gritty, R-rated kind of Equalizer, and not the PG/PG-13 series that was the TV show. This'll probably be more like Denzel Washington in Man On Fire mode.

With September looming, no teaser/trailer for the upcoming film yet (although I suspect one will debut any day now); but we have your first look at a handful of official photos below:

McCall could provide action franchise fodder for Denzel Washington. "The audience will decide that," he says. "The Equalizer" will be in theaters Sept. 26.
McCall could provide action franchise fodder for Denzel Washington. "The audience will decide that," he says. "The Equalizer" will be in theaters Sept. 26.
Denzel Washington takes on the movie version of "The Equalizer," the classic character portrayed by Edward Woodward on TV from 1985 to 1989. Washington says he was drawn by the story, not the well-known name. "The title doesn't mean anything to me. It's the material. If it's a good story, then I'm interested."  (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
Denzel Washington takes on the movie version of "The Equalizer," the classic character portrayed by Edward Woodward on TV from 1985 to 1989. Washington says he was drawn by the story, not the well-known name. "The title doesn't mean anything to me. It's the material. If it's a good story, then I'm interested." (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
Washington plays former government operative Robert McCall who tries to live a humble life outside of the killing business, but is called back into it. "This a great role for Denzel," says director Antoine Fuqua. "The reluctant hero trying to live life under the radar."  (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
Washington plays former government operative Robert McCall who tries to live a humble life outside of the killing business, but is called back into it. "This a great role for Denzel," says director Antoine Fuqua. "The reluctant hero trying to live life under the radar." (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz ) is the reason McCall (Denzel Washington) is forced into action. "It's a classic story. The innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt," says Washington.  (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz ) is the reason McCall (Denzel Washington) is forced into action. "It's a classic story. The innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt," says Washington. (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
McCall (Denzel Washington, right) elicits information on the street. Fuqua says Washington is a lethal man to watch during his daily boxing workouts at age 59. "He really hits those mitts," says Fuqua. "And you imagine what he'll do to you. You might underestimate him. That's your first mistake."  (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
McCall (Denzel Washington, right) elicits information on the street. Fuqua says Washington is a lethal man to watch during his daily boxing workouts at age 59. "He really hits those mitts," says Fuqua. "And you imagine what he'll do to you. You might underestimate him. That's your first mistake." (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
Director Antoine Fuqua, left, rehearses a stunt with Denzel Washington and Alex Veadov. Fuqua says Washington is still such a physical actor that he limited the gun work. "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."  (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
Director Antoine Fuqua, left, rehearses a stunt with Denzel Washington and Alex Veadov. Fuqua says Washington is still such a physical actor that he limited the gun work. "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." (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
Teddy (Marton Csokas) is a formidable foe. But Washington brings his own thing. "Denzel has a power on the screen. He has the presence of power," says Fuqua.  (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)
Teddy (Marton Csokas) is a formidable foe. But Washington brings his own thing. "Denzel has a power on the screen. He has the presence of power," says Fuqua. (Photo: Scott Garfield, Columbia Pictures)


This article is related to: Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua


Shadow & ActNewsletter