With Reporting by Josh Horowitz
Washington stars as Robert McCall, manager of a home department store by day, and a violent vigilante at night. In the film, Washington uses just about anything as a weapon, from something as simple as a corkscrew to something as elaborate as an entire warehouse. The result: gruesome, bloody mayhem for anyone foolish enough to get on McCall's bad side.
But the experience of making "The Equalizer" was much less violent than the experience of viewing it. Speaking with MTV, Washington explained that the film's visceral blood-by-the-buckets pace was much more subdued on set, with filmmakers relying on plastic pieces of blood they were able to move around all over the set.
"I'd never seen that before," Washington said, laughing. "They were picking up [the blood] and moving it over here, over there… so it wasn't so violent for me."
Even in the movie itself, it takes a while before the violence kicks in. "You spend time with him and see him as a human being, that he's flawed like the rest of us," Washington said. "That he's got peculiarities. We get to invest in him before he goes into action."
From Washington's perspective, the quiet nature of the first act of the film is a key reason why "The Equalizer" works.
"It's a testament to the writer [Richard Wenk] and filmmaker that we spend a lot of time with him alone," Washington continued. "We all have our public persona — but that person at home, only you know."
"The Equalizer" is in theaters now.