Last August, when director Antoine Fuqua was filming The Equalizer outside of Boston, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters. Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters. The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley Bennett, David Harbour, and Bill Pullman. I learned a lot about the movie on the set visit and walked away thinking the film could turn out great, especially with Washington playing an ass-kicking hero defending folks that need help. When Sony test screened the movie, the pic scored huge numbers and they’re already prepping a sequel, which doesn’t surprise me at all.
During our group interview with Denzel Washington, he talked about playing a character with obsessive-compulsive disorder, reuniting with Antoine Fuqua, filming in Boston, why his character doesn’t carry a gun, Equalizer franchise potential, what it’s been like working with Chloe Grace Moretz, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say. The Equalizer opens in traditional theaters and IMAX on September 26.