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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
May 29, 2009
Denzel Washington, Tony Scott and Brian Helgeland
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3


Q1: You are obviously not adverse to doing remakes, since you did "The Manchurian Candidate." With "The Taking Of Pelham 123" what was your criteria in (a) remaking a movie and (b) wanting to be a part of it?
DW: I think Number One, especially in the case of this film, even more than 'Manchurian,' I don't think it is a remake. I think it's a...I think that it's basically the hostage situation on a train in New York City. I think that's what the two films have in common and the fact that it's New York City. I don't know that my character and the character that Walter Matthau played are that similar, necessarily. I don't know why anybody would remake a film, I mean that's the literal translation of the word. The definition of the word is to redo it the same way of something like that. But, this is probably a better question for Tony and Brian than me. That's my two cents.
TS: I think the motivation of ...

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