Through incredible movie turn after incredible movie turn, Denzel Washington has become one of the world’s most respected actors – and such a success that he gets recognised by just ‘Denzel’. As his first ever sequel, The Equalizer 2, hits home this week, here are five of his best movie appearances.
Training Day (2001)
“To protect the sheep you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.”
Denzel deservedly nabbed an Oscar for his portrayal of exceedingly corrupt narcotics officer Detective Alonzo Harris, in this brutal first teaming with director Antoine Fuqua.
Inside Man (2006)
“You planned every inch of this thing right from the start, you got everybody marching to your beat, including me, and I’m through buying it!”
Denzel crosses back to the good side of the thin blue line in this gripping Spike Lee heist thriller. It’s the tale of Denzel’s police hostage negiotiator, a bank robber and a high-powered broker, as a meticulously planned bank job turns into a tense hostage situation.
“A train that size going that fast, it will vaporise anything that gets in its way.”
It’s time for Action Denzel, as he and Chris Pine struggle to stop an unmanned runaway train from colliding with a city. Based on a true story, this was also the final directorial outing for Ridley’s younger brother Tony Scott before his death in 2012.
“Nobody could’ve landed that plane like I did.”
Denzel exercises his devilish side once again, as brilliant but hard-partying airline pilot William ‘Whip’ Whitaker Sr., who strategically crashes a malfunctioning plane in order to save as many souls as possible.
The Equalizer (2014)
“I don’t have a lot of time, which means you don’t have any.”
Back in the directorial hands of Antoine Fuqua, Denzel is electric as Robert McCall, the classic man-with-a-past type who’s just trying to live a quiet life. But when injustice hits him in the face, he’s not going to take a backwards step – and baddies better look out, as this man means business!