Director Antoine Fuqua is introducing the world to a new band of gunslinging bandits in The Magnificent Seven. A remake of the 1960 version starring Yul Bryner and Steve McQueen, Fuqua’s cast is just as magnificent, but a lot more diverse.
HipHollywood caught up with Fuqua about working with Denzel Washington for the third time, and if he was trying to make a racially diverse western. “We didn’t think about that, we just cast the best people for the part,” said Fuqua, who first teamed with Washington for Training Day. “I didn’t say, ‘Oh, yeah, Denzel is a black man.’ I saw him in black on a black horse. But I just wanted him because he’s one of the greatest actors of our time.”
In the film, Washington takes on his first western playing Sam Chisolm, the leader of The Magnificent Seven, and of course his performance is generating Oscar buzz. So, how does he feel about the prospect of another nomination?
“We gotta go get this money right now,” laughed the two-time Oscar winner. “That you gotta leave that to other folks. We just try to make the best picture we can, and [Antoine’s] done that, and everybody did their job , and we just want people to enjoy it.”
The Magnificent Seven, which also stars Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt, Peter Sarsgaard, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, hits theaters September 23.