He may be one of Forbes’ overpaid actors of 2014, but it’s not one to overestimated the career and longevity of Denzel Washington thanks to his Oscar-nominated roles in Malcolm X and The Hurricane, as well as winning two Oscars for 1989’s Glory and 2001’s Training Day, where the actor played against type as a rogue, corrupt police officer.
Denzel, who turned 60 on Sunday, portrayed ‘2 Guns’ on the big screen: 2004’s Man on Fire from late director Tony Scott and this year’s The Equalizer, where Denzel reunited with his ‘Training Day’ director Antoine Fuqua.
Released on Blu-Ray and DVD today, ‘The Equalizer’ is a remake of the Edward Woodward television series that aired on CBS from 1985 to 1989, yet you can also think of it as ‘Man on Fire’ 2.0.
Both John Creasy and Robert McCall are ex-covert operatives seeking solitude in the world, but gets pulled into action once more to become ‘a knight in shining armor’ to the young girl they befriended — whether she is Pita, the daughter of a businessman he was hired to protect, or Teri, the prostitute who was beaten and almost left for dead. Whether it is a drug cartel, Russian mobsters, corrupt police officers, or all of the above, John Creasy will deliver ‘vengeance’ as his ‘greatest masterpiece’, while Robert McCall will protect the innocent and serve justice.
Denzel is in talks to star in a remake of The Magnificent Seven, the classic 1960 Western that is also an American remake of 1954’s Seven Samurai. He is literally tailor-made for Chris, the lead gunfighter that was originated by Yul Brynner, who enlisted Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn to protect Mexican peasants from bandits.
However, Denzel could also be perfect for a big-screen adaptation of Have Gun – Will Travel, the half-hour Western that aired on CBS from 1957 to 1963 with Richard Boone as Paladin, the gentleman from San Francisco who offers his services — for a fee — as ‘a knight without armor in a savage land’, ‘a fast gun-for-hire’, and ‘a soldier of fortune’.
Like Paladin in Have Gun – Will Travel and Chris in The Magnificent Seven, Man on Fire‘s John Creasy and The Equalizer‘s Robert McCall are good guys in black — just like Denzel Washington.