Broadsheet Trailer Park: The Equalizer

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What you may need to know:

1. Denzel Washington takes on the Russian Mafia in this reboot of Edward Woodward’s sexagenarian vigilante from the 1980s.

2. The font size in Denz’s copy of “The Old Man and the Sea” @0:02 must be only massive. Could be double spaced though.

3. We looked at the teaser back in May. This one has some added badassery @2:09.

4. The last time Washington worked with director Antoine Fuqua, he bagged the Oscar for Training Day (2001).

5. Other 80s TV shows ripe with reboot potential include Jake and the Fatman with Aaron Eckhart and Gerard Depardieu, Mr. Merlin with Martin Sheen and Justin Bieber, or BJ and the Bear with Zac Efron. Andy Serkis would do the monkey in mo-cap, obvs.

6. If any of the above projects materialise in the next five to ten years, I’d like a producer’s credit.

7. Broadsheet Prognosis: We’re quite Taken with this.

Release Date: November 26 (Ireland)

(DelBoy is away.  Mark writes on culture and whatnot for WhyBother.ie

3 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: The Equalizer

  1. Nigel

    It could be fine as a thriller, but it’s a pity they didn’t keep the genteel, cultured, sharp-dressed urbanity of the character, which was what distinguished him, after all.

    1. ivan

      Exactly. The point of the Equalizer was that he *didn’t* look badass. He looked and sounded like he was a classmate of Sir Humphrey Appleby and that’s what made it kinda work.

      anyway – in writing this comment, I went to wikipedia to check if McCall was actually British, and I’m not sure that he was. What took me more by surprise was that Dermot Morgan guested in an episode.

      1. Nigel

        Played as a black, intellectual, aristocratic (in manner) American it could have been pretty damn interesting. But nowadays all spies are superspies.

        (He was ex-CIA, wasn’t he? So wasn’t likely to have been British.)

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