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Denzel Washington Sequel Shows at CinemaCon – Deadline

UPDATED with trailer: “I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Denzel Washington told a Coliseum full of exhibition executives Monday at CinemaCon.

The star of The equalizer 3 — the first trailer drops Tuesday after showing Monday night inside the room — received a lifetime achievement award presented by director Antoine Fuqua during Sony’s presentation, which kicked off the annual four-day event in Las Vegas.

“We would be nothing without you all. We are here for you. We are here because of you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have been blessed beyond measure,” said Washington.

“Real movie stars matter more than ever,” noted Sony studio chief Tom Rothman in his opening remarks. “Broadcasting doesn’t make movie stars, only real global hit movies do.” And Sony, he pointed out to the room, “is the only major movie studio dedicated entirely to theater” with a variety of films from superheroes to Where the Crawdads Sing THE A man named Otto.

Denzel Washington accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening night of CinemaCon.

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“You know the more they say these genres are dead, the more we like it. Originality is always a risk. But for me, I’ve always felt that the biggest risk is boring the audience to death with similes,” Rothman said.

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Washington, Fuqua added, “doesn’t like to be called a movie star… I think audiences have come to understand what to expect from Denzel, a sense of honor and dignity and morality, commitment to what’s right and determination for them saw this.”

The equalizer 3 preview trailer opens for “Volare” types. Robert McCall (Washington) is living quietly in Italy, where he is “one of us now,” says a local. When the mob shows up, as one character says, “They’re like cancer, there’s no cure,” and Robert must protect his friends.

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