Washington, Fuqua Talk “The Equalizer”

Sony Pictures has unveiled a bunch of new photos from its upcoming big screen reboot of “The Equaliser” franchise courtesy of USA Today.

Denzel Washington stars as retired government operative Robert McCall who tries to live a humble life as a home-store employee in Boston and ends up becoming a vigilante for the helpless, in this case a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz).

Director Antoine Fuqua says: “There’s a switch that (Washington) turns on and that’s just scary. There’s a sustained intensity even in casual mode, like a panther. If it’s turned against you, you’re going to be in a bad place.”

Surprisingly, Washington says he “didn’t really watch” the original TV series and wasn’t drawn to it because of the show – rather it was Fuqua and the script that convinced him: “The title doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s the material. It’s a classic story, the innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt.”

59-year-old Washington trains every day and can still “bring it” physically. As a result, Fuqua restrained in his use of guns in the movie fearing it would detract from Washington’s performance: “His hand-to-hand work is pretty nasty when the monster comes out. 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.”