U.S. Release Date: 9/26/14
In The Equalizer Chloë Grace Moretz plays Teri – a child prostitute who is living under the gun of ultra violent Russian mobsters.
“When I first heard that the character is a prostitute I thought that it would be a Taxi Driver type of role – pushing the boundaries a bit,” she says. “But I was surprised. The role doesn’t glorify prostitution nor make it cotton-candy.”
Nor does the movie show her character in one single act of prostitution.
“The focus isn’t on her profession but who she is as a person. You see that there is still a spark in her eye and that she yearns for something greater and if she can get out of this scary world, she could go on to a normal life.”
In researching the role, Moretz visited Children of The Night, an organization which allows girls from across the US to call a special hotline number and enter a special home where they receive the help necessary to begin a brand new life off the streets.
“A lot of them wouldn’t look you in the eye. When they talked about what happened to them they would tell you these stories, and they would be real shifty. But when you connected with them, they would grant you with their look. And it meant so much to see that. They let you in. ”
The majority of people in The Equalizer, loosely based on the ’80s TV series of the same name, view Teri as little more than a sex object, but Moretz says that’s just not the case when it comes to the relationship between her character and McCall.
“He’s the only guy that doesn’t check her out up and down every time she walks into a room. He’s the only guy who asks her how she’s doing and how her day’s going. They have real conversations. That means more to her than anything else.
Inner hope, says Moretz, is key to the unbreakable bond between the two characters.
“He sees this dream in her,” she says. “It’s like there are two panes of glass – you have this terrified little girl, and right in front of it, a girl who’s been thrust into a terrifying world, putting on the face of a total badass to survive.”
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Anton Fuqua
Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, with Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo
Screenwriters: Richard Wenk. Based on the television series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim
Producers: Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Denzel Washington, Alex Siskin, Steve Tisch, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, and Michael Sloan.
Executive Producers: Ezra Swerdlow, David Bloomfield, and Ben Waisbren.
Co-Producers: Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran
Image Info: Chloë Grace Moretz as Teri in The Equalizer. Copyright Columbia Pictures 2014. All Rights Reserved.
Source: Columbia Pictures