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 McCalla mysteriously agile home-store employee who takes it upon himself to rescue a young prostitute (Chloë Grace Moretz) from Russian mobsterswas 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 OCDit was personal to him, a relative or somethingand 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.''