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July 14, 2013

Denzel Washington filming ‘Equalizer’

HAMILTON, Mass. — Actor Denzel Washington is around and about the tiny Boston suburb on a new movie assignment.

The “Malcolm X” and “American Gangster” star is filming scenes for “The Equalizer,” an adaptation of the popular 1980s TV series by the same name that featured a private detective with a mysterious past who doled out vigilante justice.

Tents, trailers and lights are set up at Groton House Farm, a pastoral setting with horses and barns. Yellow signs directing cast and crew to the site have been posted along Route 1A, the town’s main roadway.

The actors and film crew are well-fed. They consumed 130 grilled chicken and roast beef sandwiches one day this week and 75 pizzas and 15 calzones another day when filming stretched past midnight.

Al Guevara, owner of Freeda’s Pizza, said he met Denzel Washington when he delivered the pizzas, giving him a high-five but stumbling on what to say to the Oscar-winning actor.

“I sounded like a 5-year-old,” Guevara said, laughing.

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