Tuesday, March 29, 2016


The original Seven
  I was invited to Sony Studios the other day to see a 15 minute clip of the highly-anticipated remake of that classic 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven and to talk with its director Anton Fuqua.
  But because Sony has imposed an embargo on it, hoping to keep details secret until nearer the movie's release in September, I can't write about anything I saw or heard while at the studio.
  I can, however, reveal from other sources that this time the Seven---a bunch of outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns--- are far more diverse than the original group. They are headed by Denzel Washington in the role played by Yul Brynner, with Chris Pratt in the Steve McQueen role. The other members of the Seven are Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, the Korean actor Byung-hun Lee, the Mexican Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and the Native American Martin Sensmeier, whose character Red Harvest is a wiz with a bow and arrow.
Denzel Washington
   This time, instead of defending a Mexican village, the Seven come to the rescue of the townsfolk in the sleepy western town of Rose Creek which is under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue, played by Peter Sarsgaard, and his men.
    Although I'm not allowed to relate what Anton Fuqua told me I can pass on what Ethan Hawke said recently when I talked with him.
Ethan Hawke
  "There's a lot of guns and high jinks and it's fun," said Hawke, who previously starred with Denzel Washington in Training Day, which was also directed by Fuqua. "I play a rebel soldier who Denzel has befriended and now we're partners. It was fantastic to be on the set again with Denzel and Antoine in such a different situation. We were in the desert riding around on horses so it was a great experience. Some movies are work and some are all about acting and character but this was about learning to ride a horse and shoot a six-gun at the same time. I really enjoyed it." 
  The Magnificent Seven. which was filmed in Louisiana and New Mexico, will be released on September 23.


  1. We dont need another one. The first one was Magnificent!!

  2. Oooooooooohhhhh....secrets



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