Denzel Washington In Talks To Join Mark Wahlberg In "2 Guns" (Haven't We Seen This Before?)

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by Tambay A. Obenson
February 7, 2012 8:06 PM
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His Safe House opens in theaters this Friday (I saw it yesterday and will post a review soon), and Denzel Washington is already on to the next one (he already completed principal photography on Robert Zemeckis' Flight), which will be out later this year.

And he's now said to be "in talks" to join Mark Wahlberg in another action drama titled 2 Guns, which is based on a graphic novel published by Boom! Studios.

Baltasar Kormakur (who directed Wahlberg in Contraband) will helm the project which centers on a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who "unwittingly investigate each other as each steals mob money."

I smell elements of The Departed (said in my best Boston accent).

But this does sound awfully familiar doesn't it? The older black Denzel being paired with the younger white male co-star. Lemme guess, as in Safe House, Wahlberg's character (like Ryan Reynolds') will have a fuller life, with a love life and family, and Denzel will have to be content with being the film's resident loner badass who teaches the young stud a thing or two. 

Lah-di-dah...

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  • Green | February 8, 2012 11:34 PMReply

    Why can't Denzel and Idris perform as the main stars within a movie together or Denzel and some other young black male? I rarely see movies (especially Hollywood) where the older more established black actor stars along side an up in coming black male actor. Hollywood is always pairing Denzel and Morgan with white male actors (especially young white males) whose careers often take off after being in a movie with Denzel or Morgan. I would have loved to see Safe House starring Denzel and Idris.

  • monie valentine | February 9, 2012 2:18 PM

    They did c0-star together it was called American Gangster!

  • mecca | February 8, 2012 4:30 PMReply

    I'm with Jug on this one. PASS!

  • Jug | February 8, 2012 12:57 PMReply

    Is it me, or is Denzel starting to venture into Robert "I'll do any gig to pay for the summer house" DeNiro territory. Seriously, opposite Marky Mark?! Pass... :-(

  • Mark | February 8, 2012 10:14 AMReply

    Shades of Morpheus!! Is this the next phase of the Magical Negro? The sage elder black man who teaches his younger white (or in Keanu's case white-ish) protege how to be a bad ass or better person, etc.?

    Well, at least Denzel isn't the younger fool Will Smith played to Tommie Lee Jones' elder in the first "Men in Black" movie.

  • Edwina@FASHION+ART | February 8, 2012 10:12 AMReply

    It's getting real old, isn't it?

  • Mekisha Hale | February 8, 2012 2:12 AMReply

    It does seem that actor Denzel Washington is the character who is in conflict and usually is a bad character like in the movie a couple years ago. More like "Training Day" then anything else. Why not just have a character who does have everything,if almost everything,but have conflict with others who aren't owning up to they're end of the bargain. Why not a mystery,a person who isn't easy to read,but there something that makes you want know more then just absolutely being given the idea before the movie gets deeper you've already have either you don't like the character. Or just the writing isn't up to par. What ever is going on, Black Male Actors aren't interesting or just the screenwriters don't have the life experience to really write a character that Gentleman like the beloved actor Denzel Washington and other actors. Simply Black Actors of who are of a certain age aren't given parts that are realistic. The stories aren't broad enough,instead usually their corrupted or just aren't interesting characters.
    What does it mean when your out there new to the scene in Hollywood,then finally a few movies,then that movie that really made you a star. Then if your lucky there are more parts and awards then suddenly your doing maybe a few movies a year. Either you become a director or own your production company maybe you make a few film. But what seems to be a problem is the way a good actor could only get a part,that would just be good for an new actor on the scene instead the certain actor who doesn't have to be in a movie that maybe it was written for a new actor. Not an actor of a certain age,specially actor who done those type of movies that would be more better for a new black actor. Why not have Denzel Washington character be someone who isn't concern so much about life changing around him,but someone who isn't wondering about the past.

  • urbanauteur | February 7, 2012 9:14 PMReply

    3 words...Sam Greenlee's Route.

  • AccidentalVisitor | February 7, 2012 9:07 PMReply

    "Wahlberg's character (like Ryan Reynolds') will have a fuller life, with a love life"---------
    THIS. Of course when I brought this up regarding Safe House I had a bunch of folks jumping down my throat suggesting that I was advocating for some black male/white female IR action when instead I was addressing the issue that white guys always get love interests and sex scenes in these films while black men remain practically sterile on the screen. The color of the actress didn't matter because black dudes weren't getting "any" in the movies regardless.

  • AccidentalVisitor | February 7, 2012 9:05 PMReply

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    THIS. Of course when I brought this up regarding Safe House I had a bunch of folks jumping down my throat that I was simply advocating for some black male/white female IR action when instead I was addressing the issue that white guys always get love interests and sex scenes in these films while black men remain practically sterile on the screen. The color of the actress didn't matter because black dudes weren't getting "any" in the movies regardless.

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