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'2 Guns': The surprising consistency of Denzel Washington

'2 Guns': The surprising consistency of Denzel Washington

With the notable exception of 2012's "Flight" — a character piece that earned him fresh plaudits and an Academy Award nomination -- Denzel Washington has had a remarkably consistent career over the last five years. Every one of the five lead roles he's taken has had him playing a lone-wolf-in-danger in a commercial action pic. Sure, a bit more comedy has been drizzled on to some of the parts, and character nuances have been a little different--he's an all-powerful international spy one time, a veteran train operator the next—but the overall shape is remarkably similar. Against forces far larger than him, Denzel has to scheme or shoot his way out or risk...

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