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The Equalizer 3 Director Said Denzel Washington Has A 'Fatherly Relationship With Dakota Fanning'

Denzel Washington has a 'fatherly relationship with Dakota Fanning'. Antoine Fuqua, who directed "The Equalizer 3," says that the 68-year-old actor and the 29-year-old Dakota have become very close over the years.

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Aug 31, 2023
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Denzel Washington has a 'fatherly relationship with Dakota Fanning'. Antoine Fuqua, who directed "The Equalizer 3," says that the 68-year-old actor and the 29-year-old Dakota have become very close over the years. The director of the new "Equalizer" movie, who is 57 years old, said that Denzel and the star have "a little bit of a fatherly, mentor relationship."

Denzel Washington Has A 'Fatherly Relationship With Dakota Fanning'

Denzel Washington wearing a black polo long sleeves and Dakota Fanning wearing a brown coat
Denzel Washington wearing a black polo long sleeves and Dakota Fanning wearing a brown coat
The maker of "Equalizer 3" has talked about how nice Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning are to each other. The first time they met was on the set of Man on Fire. Fanning was only 10 years old at the time, and she was in the movie with a famous Hollywood star. Twenty years after that amazing collaboration, the two are back together for the third installment of
Antoine Fuqua, who again directed the latest Equalizer movie, told PEOPLEthat Washington, who is 68 years old, and Fanning, who is 29, had a "little bit of a fatherly, mentor relationship"this time.
But also, Dakota is very competitive, and, obviously, as a child her first experience with Denzel Washington is very powerful, emotional. But you can see how she has grown quite a bit. I think it was more fascinating for Denzel than anyone else.- Antoine Fuqua
Every once in a while when I would yell cut he would just look over and be like, 'I can't believe she’s like a grown woman now'.- Antoine Fuqua
Fuqua says that even though Washington and Fanning have "different styles," they are both "very professional and focused - laser-focused."
Antoine Fuqua, Dakota Fanning, and Denzel Washington promote the upcoming movie "The Equalizer 3" at the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on April 24, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fuqua said, who directed Washington in 2001's Training Day, which won an Oscar for Best Actor.
With Denzel, we have our rhythm and our process, which has been established since Training Day, so it's quite different than with Dakota.- Antoine Fuqua
But by the end of it, it was very similar rhythm that I had with Dakota where I wouldn't even have to tell her something and she would just adjust. She knew. It's that high-level intelligence and professionalism.- Antoine Fuqua
Denzel Washington is a highly acclaimed American actor, director, and producer. He was born on December 28, 1954, in Mount Vernon, New York. Washington is known for his powerful performances, versatility, and charismatic screen presence. He has had a significant impact on both film and theater and is considered one of the most accomplished actors in the entertainment industry.
In the "Equalizer" franchise, Denzel Washington portrays the enigmatic and skilled character Robert McCall. McCall is a retired black-ops operative with a haunted past, seeking redemption and purpose in his civilian life. He is a man of deep principles and unwavering moral values, driven by a desire to make amends for his violent past by helping those who cannot help themselves.
As a vigilante for justice, McCall uses his unique skill set to assist people who are trapped in dire situations. He often targets those who exploit and oppress others, from common criminals to powerful adversaries. McCall's methods are ruthless yet calculated, using his intelligence, combat skills, and resourcefulness to level the playing field for the disadvantaged.
Denzel Washington's portrayal of Robert McCall is a key factor in the franchise's success. His commanding presence, emotional range, and ability to convey both strength and vulnerability contribute to the character's authenticity.

Conclusion

Dakota Fanning and Denzel Washington have said that they've been close for almost 20 years and that their friendship goes beyond acting. In 2004, both of them were in Tony Scott's action-thriller movie Man on Fire. Fanning played Pita Ramos, the child for whom the movie's hero, John Creasy (Washington), works as a bodyguard in Mexico, when she was only 9 years old.
When he was cast in the movie, Fanning was just starting out, while Washington had already won two Academy Awards (for 1989's "Glory" and 2001's "Training Day") and was a seasoned pro. When The Equalizer 3 comes out in theaters next month, it will be the first time in almost 20 years that the two stars have been in the same movie together.
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Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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