"If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer."

The Equalizer was a popular TV drama that ran on CBS from 1985 to 1989 and revolved around a retired intelligence officer who helps people in trouble. Sony Pictures has rebooted the property as a film franchise, with Denzel Washington talking the lead as McCall, a former black ops commando who faked his own death so he could live out a peaceful life in Boston. He's forced to come out of his self-imposed retirement to save a young prostitute, played by Chloe Moretz. He soon finds himself in a war with Russian gangsters. The first photos from The Equalizer have arrived, giving us a look at our leading man, along with his young co-star as they prepare for one brutal war.

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While in retirement, Denzel Washington's McCall works as a home-store employee. He talked about the set dressing, revealing some of the perks of his job.

"They decked out this store (on set) like it was a regular Kmart, including the candy bars at the register. There were candy bars I had forgotten about - Nestlé Crunch, even (Hershey's) PayDays."

Directing the action drama is Antoine Fuqua, who helped Denzel Washington win an Oscar for their 2001 collaboration Training Day. He talked about working with his leading man.

"There's a switch that (he) 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."

It was actually reteaming with the director that pulled the actor back in, as he wasn't necessarily drawn to the TV show. In fact, he doesn't really remember ever watching it.

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"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. You'll get some popcorn and escape for a couple of hours."

Antoine Fuqua went onto talk about the realistic take on the action seen in The Equalizer, and how authentic Denzel Washington is on set, having trained every day at the boxing gym.

"He really hits those mitts. And you imagine what he'll do to you. You might underestimate him. That's your first mistake. 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."

Sony already has a sequel in the works, but Denzel Washington doesn't think they should be so quick to judge the movie. After all, it may not register with an audience.

"The audience will decide that. You can't make No. 2 before you make No. 1. It's called show business. We've handled the show part of it. We'll see how the business part goes."
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