It's pretty hard to believe Training Day with Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke came out way back in 2001. If you liked watching the chemistry - or purposeful anti-chemistry - between rookie cop Jake Hoyt (played by Hawke) and established crooked veteran Det. Alonzo Harris (played by Washington), you're in luck.
Director Antoine Fuqua, who is probably most known for running the original project, has teamed up with Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. TV for a TV adaptation of the 2001 Oscar-winning film. Whether it will measure up is not known yet, but it damn sure sounds promising.
Fuqua is set to executive produce the show, but he'll also set its tone by directing the pilot episode. In case, for whatever depressing reason, you haven't yet seen Training Day, here's a taste of what to expect:
Also, let me quickly tell you about the best scene from this movie. This is of course, when Ethan Hawke's character is forced to smoke what he believes to be weed by Denzel's character - a more senior cop who pretty much bullies him into taking a puff.
This is just one of the many things Denzel does to mess with Hawke's character's mind in the film. I mean, he even introduces him to hydraulics here...
But anyway, back to the weed thing from before... it's actually not at all weed. Presumably Hawke's character has smoked weed before, like many cops who once dabbled with it before their police duty days (and some during, to be honest). Denzel made him smoke PCP, and Hawke proceeds to trip balls in the front seat of a police car, much to the pleasure of Washington.
Here's one of the most classic scenes from the film, where Denzel convinces Ethan to smoke the PCP that they got from the crime scene, after pretending it's weed. I won't give away the ramifications of this, other than that it makes Hawke super duper effed up and tripped out for a good portion of the film...
I've been waiting for a good cop show to hit the TV screen, and this could very well be it. What do you think?
(Via: AV Club)