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THE MOVIE: Déjà Vu

THE STARS:
Denzel Washington • Paula Patton • Jim Caviezel
DIRECTOR: Tony Scott

Denzel Washington and Paula Patton (on monitor) THE CONCEPT:
ATF agent Doug Carlin (Washington) is called in to recover evidence after a bomb sets off a cataclysmic explosion on a New Orleans ferry, and he discovers that his probe through Time and Space may hold the key to stop the bomber and save hundreds of innocent lives.

U.S. RELEASE: November 22 2006, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

DENZEL WASHINGTON on the concept of moving through Time:
“Tony [Scott] and Jerry [Bruckheimer] had to somewhat convince me that this could work. Tony was saying he wanted to steep this in facts about surveillance and what it’s capable of, and pushing the envelope, and a lot of what we’re doing they are capable of, we do have the technology. As you know we Google earth, you look at somebody’s house. We have the technology to look through somebody’s house, they’re using it in Baghdad as we speak.”

PAULA PATTON (Clair Kuchever):
“The relationship between me and Denzel was something that happened so organically, it made me think even more about what that feeling of déjà vu means. That same experience where you meet someone and you immediately feel comfortable and connect to them – that’s what happened between Denzel and me instantly.”

JIM CAVIEZEL (Carroll Oerstadt):
“This is a great role. I look for great roles and great stories. Denzel, who obviously is an unbelievable actor, one of the rare ones that can be both character and leading man, elevated my work.”

TONY SCOTT:
“When Denzel does that car flip and ends up facing JC [Jim Caviezel], as we call him, and [swears] ‘Jesus,’ nobody spotted it until we had it in our first cut, our first preview, and there was this great roar from the audience. I thought, ‘Damn, we lost it.’ Then everybody pointed out the fact that Jim played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ.”

WASHINGTON:
“Jim Caviezel is very intense, he’s obviously very good and I was kind of surprised he was investing in the dark side. He was willing to go the whole way, he’s a very spiritual man and a very intense individual. And it’s that same intensity that can be applied to the good side of things or the bad, and his character thinks he’s right, he’s a zealot, he’s a nut.”

SCOTT:
“I think Denzel as he gets older, he gets better, like a good wine, and he likes wine. And he’s so committed he never drinks the whole time he’s actually shooting. He lost 40 pounds to do this movie so that shows you his level of commitment. He and I have done three movies together, he trusts me and I trust him in terms of delivering the good.”

WASHINGTON on shooting the movie in New Orleans:
“It was Tony Scott’s decision, it’s his movie. He wanted to make the film in New Orleans before Katrina, and post-Katrina. It’s a good thing to spend money there and put people to work, there’s a long way to go, but I was glad to be a part in some way of helping to spend a little money down there putting people to work.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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