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The Equalizer (2014)

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Denzel Washington, David Meunier, and Alex Veadov in The Equalizer

Details Release Date: Sep 26, 2014; Length: 128 Minutes; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Melissa Leo, Chloe Grace Moretz and Denzel Washington; Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Fans of the '80s TV series The Equalizer probably won't even recognize Denzel Washington's take on vigilante justice-seeker Robert McCall. Remove the slick Jaguar and add a case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, for starters. The movie version of McCall—a mysteriously agile home-store employee who takes it upon himself to rescue a young prostitute (Chloë Grace Moretz) from Russian mobsters—was tailored to suit Washington. Director Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen), who first worked with Washington in his Oscar-winning turn as LAPD Det. Alonzo Harris in 2001's Training Day, knows the actor well. ''It's always character, character, character [with him]. Then you build your action and drama around that.'' Discussing this film, Fuqua says, ''Denzel had mentioned something about OCD—it was personal to him, a relative or something—and we started riffing off of that.'' The actor and director, now friends, share a boxing coach, which came in handy for the intensely violent hand-to-hand combat scenes. Washington's McCall favors table legs and corkscrews over guns and knives. ''He hasn't missed a beat,'' says Fuqua of his 59-year-old star. ''He's still in there training every day, going six or seven rounds.''
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints

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