Denzel Washington & Antoine Fuqua Talk THE EQUALIZER, Editing, What They Learned from the Test Screening Process, and More

     September 23, 2014


Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer.  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 BennettDavid Harbour, and Bill Pullman.  For more on the film, click here for all our previous coverage which includes clips, on-set interviews, trailers, and more.

While at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a great interview with Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua.  They talked about what it meant to premiere at TIFF, how they create kick-ass action scenes, if Washington ever visited the editing room, what they learned from the test screening process, Washington’s reaction after seeing the film for the first time, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Denzel Washington & Antoine Fuqua:

  • What does it mean to premiere the film at TIFF?
  • Creating great action scenes.
  • Did Washington ever visit the editing room and has he ever visited them in the past?
  • What did they learn from the test screening process that might have impacted the final film?
  • Washington talks about his reaction after seeing the film for the first time.

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Denzel Washington Antoine Fuqua The Equalizer


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