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THE MOVIE: Out of Time

Denzel Washington • Eva Mendes • Dean Cain
DIRECTOR: Carl Franklin

Denzel Washington and Sanaa Lathan THE CONCEPT:
Matt Lee Whitlock (Washington), the chief of police in a small Florida town, is framed for murder and finds himself in a race against time to solve the crime before his colleagues discover the clues that point to him.

U.S. RELEASE: October 3 2003, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“I didn’t think Denzel would be interested in this movie, because generally he chooses material where there is a stronger, social, historical foundation. This one is basically entertainment – a romp. Once Denzel was in the film, we knew he was going to take us deeper with the choices he makes – his rhythms are not Top 40, they’re jazz.”

DENZEL WASHINGTON on his character:
“He’s a big fish in a little pond. He’s the chief of police in a four-cop town, and he’s pretty content. He thinks he has everything right where he is. He thinks he can do no wrong – and pays the price.”

EVA MENDES (Detective Alex Whitlock):
“I bombarded (the police) with questions, and I hung out with them to get more of a sense of what kind of women they were, and how they handled themselves. And to my surprise, they were very feminine. I had a stereotype of what being a female cop would be like, and they shattered that because they’re not only extremely feminine, they use their femininity to get what they want, in a tasteful way. And I loved that because it gave me confidence going into it. That’s how I wanted to play Alex, very feminine, but also tough.”

DEAN CAIN (Chris Harrison):
“Denzel is such a powerful actor and such a powerful presence. Carl Franklin talked to me before we shoot the big confrontation scene we had in the bar. He said, ‘Do not let Denzel intimidate you, because if he intimidates you, it’s over. You might as well pack your stuff and go home.’”

“For me, in terms of my character, the picture is really about temptation, and what can happen when you give into it. It’s about sticking your hand in the cookie jar and it turns out to be full of fire. When you go out there and do something you know you shouldn’t be doing, there are consequences. Though he’s trying to help someone, trying to do good, Matt makes a couple of very bad mistakes.”

“Denzel is just so special, he’s one of the greats. I did a small part in Training Day with him. That movie was really pivotal for me. I had never experienced the feeling I had doing a scene with him, and I was like, ‘This is what it’s about.’ It was the first time I forgot there were fifty people around me. I knew I had to work with this person again. When I got the script of Out of Time and read it, I thought, ‘This is it.’”

DEAN CAIN on shooting in Florida:
“It was really warm and I loved that. I thought the heat was great, it certainly added another layer to what was going on. It was hot, steamy and sexy, just like this film is.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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