‘2 Guns’ director: ‘I was scared of Denzel Washington’
Last night the cast of 2 Guns hit the red carpet for the New York City premiere of the upcoming buddy cop action film.
“Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke, along with 50 Cent and NBA star Caron Butler, showed up to support 2 Guns cast members Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Paula Patton, James Marsden and Bill Paxton.
theGrio caught up with the film’s director, Baltasar Kormákur, to talk about what it was like directing two of Hollywood’s most-celebrated leading men.
Kormákur worked with Wahlberg in 2012’s Contraband, and said that he developed a friendship with the 42-year-old actor, but confessed that he was intimidated by Washington’s presence on-set.
“I was, like everyone, scared of Denzel,” Kormákur said. “How can you not be?”
“He’s just an icon. He’s one of the best actors of our time… of all time. Standing there and telling him that I didn’t like what he was doing, or I had to do something different, is not an easy thing. But I promised myself that I’d do it anyway. I’ll stick my head in the lion’s mouth, and I’ll hope he doesn’t bite.”
Kormákur also weighed in on Director Spike Lee’s decision to turn to the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to raise funds for his next film.
“I think if you don’t need it [money], let the other ones have it,” Kormákur said. “Or if it helps the whole thing to get attention maybe that’s a good way of doing it…”
“But I’m basically saying, I don’t think he needs it. I’m sure he can finance his project differently. But who am I to judge him.”
2 Guns hits theaters nationwide this Friday.
Follow Chris Witherspoon on Twitter for more Entertainment news at @WitherspoonC