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Denzel Washington Has a ‘Fatherly’ Relationship With Dakota Fanning

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Denzel Washington Has a ‘Fatherly’ Relationship With Dakota Fanning

By Movieguide® Contributor

Hollywood stars Dakota Fanning and Denzel Washington reunited on THE EQUALIZER 3 set, nearly 20 years after their 2004 movie MAN ON FIRE.

At the time, Fanning was only 10 years old. Now she’s 29, and EQUALIZER director Antoine Fuqua shared that Washington had a “little bit of a fatherly, mentor relationship” now. 

“You can see how she has grown quite a bit. I think it was more fascinating for Denzel than anyone else,” Fuqua added. 

“Every once in a while when I would yell cut [Washington] would just look over and be like, ‘I can’t believe she’s like a grown woman now.’ I think it was more fascinating for him than anyone else,” the director continued.

“Well, obviously Denzel and Dakota have a relationship from MAN ON FIRE, which was fantastic,” he shared with Screenrant. “We got blessed and lucky to have her want to do this film, and that love is still there between the two. I think that in this story, it’s much more personal because she doesn’t know why he’s helping her. We discover that, but there’s that genuine love there between Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning that comes through.” 

“I would have done anything to be a part of this and work with Denzel again,” Fanning told PEOPLE. “It’s just a dream come true.”

Movieguide rates THE EQUALIZER 3 at -2. Part of the review reads:

THE EQUALIZER 3 is a highly enjoyable, satisfying thriller where the villains get their just desserts, and the hero is an avenging angel. The town he saves is full of Roman Catholic, Christian faith and goodness. However, the movie could use a quicker pace at times as well as more character development of supporting players. It also could use an action scene where the hero isn’t just killing people in gruesome, bloody ways. THE EQUALIZER 3 also has four or five subtitled “f” words.

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