Denzel Washington stars in the new movie “2 Guns”. A crime-drama, Mark Walberg co-stars, in this tale of two cops on a mission. As posted on imdb, “A DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob — the very organization the two men believe they have been stealing money from.”
“2 Guns” is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Steven Grant. In the original story “Trench”, who is “Stig” played by Walberg in the movie, has targeted a local bank to rob, and asked “Steadman”, who becomes “Bobby” depicted by Washington, in on the job. Trench figures it’s a great way to score — considering it’s a cover for mob money. Neither of the “thieves” knows that the other is a cop or that they’re not robbing the mob — the 50-million dollars that they steal, actually belongs to the CIA! Graphic novels and comic books have been the source for several films in Hollywood in these latter years. Walberg’s movie “Max Payne”, was also based on a graphic novel, as well as the movies “Sin City”, “V for Vendetta”, “Kick Ass”, “300”, “Watcmen”, “Hellboy”, “The Crow”, “From Hell”, “A History of Violence” “Road to Perdition” and “30 Days of Night”, just to name a handful.
When I realized Denzel is without a doubt my favorite actor, my first thought was “I gotta have all his movies.” One who strives to collect as little undo material objects as possible, I reduced my desire for ALL of his movies, to those in which he portrays a police officer, as a member of law enforcement is a role he’s taken on several times. In fact, the role he won an Oscar for, was that of a cop in “Training Day.” The fact that the role was a depiction of a corrupt cop that he was honored for is another blog, go here: http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2012/01/28/the-polotricks-of-black-film-and-the-bittersweet-coveted-oscars/
That said, Washington has bore the presence of an authoritative figure on the silver screen at least a dozen times. Among the titles are: “The Mighty Quinn”; “Ricochet”; “Virtuosity”; “Devil in a Blue Dress”; “Courage Under Fire”; “Fallen”; “The Siege”; “The Bone Collector”; “Out of Time”; “Inside Man”; “Deja Vu”; “The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3”, and now “2 Guns.” I definitely get the impression that if Denzel was not an actor, that being a public servant would have been among his choices for career. In support of that, Denzel first began acting at the local Boys Club of America where he lived, before he stated an acting career. He joined the organization in 1960 and is a major contributor and spokesperson for this American institution today. Since his beginnings, Denzel has also sat behind the camera as a director. His directorial debut was “Antwone Fisher”, followed by “The Great Debators,” which also starred fellow Oscar winner Forest Whitaker. http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2013/05/29/forest-whitaker-funks-up-the-butler/
Denzel’s next feature film is adapted from the classic television show “The Equalizer.” Based on a veteran covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a “CIA-like” agency and puts a classified advertisement in the newspaper that reads: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” The T-V show starred Richard Lindheim and aired from 1985 to 1989. Filming right now, “The Equalizer” reunites Denzel with director Antoine Fuqua, who directed him in his Oscar winning role for “Training Day.” Despite the multitude of horrific incidents spawned from gun violence in our country, America has, and continues to be entertained by “Shoot ‘Em Up” movies.
Denzel and his wife currently grace the latest issue of Ebony magazine, in the article he touches on his journey as an actor, but talks mostly about his life with Pauletta. The power couple recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on June 25th. “There’s no magical mystery to [staying together] … We go through up and downs like any couple,” Denzel said. He continues, “We live in a time — and it’s not for me to judge anyone — when people give up too easy,” Washington says of his longtime marriage to Pauletta. The two of them “met at a hotel restaurant. I was just arriving to start work on the film “Wilma” [the 1977 television film biography of track legend Wilma Rudolph], and it was her last day of shooting,” he told Oprah Winfrey (Great Debators/ Executive Producer) in a 2008 interview. The Washington’s have four children and live in Los Angeles.
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