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Denzel and Antoine have 'shorthand'

Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua have told how they feel completely relaxed working together, as they have complete confidence in each other's work.

The Oscar-winning actor has reunited with the Training Day filmmaker on The Equalizer - a big screen remake of the the 1980s TV crime series, which sees former black ops commando Robert McCall forced out of retirement to take on a gang of Russian mobsters.

Speaking at the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Denzel described the special "shorthand" he has with Antoine, while the director said their collaboration was like making jazz music.

Denzel said of signing up to the movie: "It was really a tight script. I read it and I immediately called the producer and partner, Todd Black and said 'I'm in'. In fact I called him and said 'This is Robert McCall calling, when do we start?'

"And I thought abut filmmakers and Antoine Fuqua was the right man for the job. He's a wonderful filmmaker and needless to say we had a wonderful success with Training Day so - he was the right guy for this film."

He added: "There's a shorthand, I think that comes from working together. He's obviously watching me more than I'm watching him, because he's behind the monitors and he knows, and I trust him and that's important. I don't have to worry about what the director's doing, I can just concentrate on what I'm doing."

Antoine agreed: "We trust each other, he wouldn't call me if he didn't think I could do the job.

"H e's my friend and we both feel like we're in good hands.

"I know he's going to come and do his work and I'm going to be ready to do my work, and I don't have to worry about if I'm going to get the performance right, or if I'm going to get that scene right, because between myself and him I know we're going to get it right."

Denzel was joined on the red carpet by his wife Pauletta Washington who he revealed will be performing in concert in Toronto later this week.

He joked: "I'll be giving out programmes and working the floor and doing a little security."

Equalizer co-star Melissa Leo, who has worked with Denzel on Flight and with Antoine on Olympus Has Fallen said it was "delightful" to work with them both again on the same film.

She teased: "The scenes I'm in have a little less action than some of the others by my understanding. I was just a few days working on it and we were not blowing up any buildings or anything like that. I don't think shots were fired!"

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