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Trivia / The Equalizer

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The Series:

  • Colbert Bump: Before the movie put the show back in the public consciousness, there was Rob Reiner's epic rant about getting a phone call right when it starts in The Wolf of Wall Street.
  • The Cast Showoff: Very (extremely very) occasionally an episode has used, to perfect effect, Edward Woodward's magnificent singing voice by having McCall croon a few lines of a song at tender or melancholic moments.
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  • Defictionalization: Sometimes while on location on the streets of New York, Woodward would add money to parking meters that he noticed were about to expire, to save complete strangers a ticket — an act that some NYC officials called (mildly) illegal. He would often leave a small card marked "Compliments of The Equalizer." Once the show became a hit, Woodward was also approached for assistance by so many people he started carrying leaflets for organisations that could actually help people in trouble.
  • Star-Making Role: Long-established in Britain, this series made Edward Woodward a well-known face on the other side of the Atlantic. When he died in 2009, many American news sites put The Equalizer in its obituary headline.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Martin Shaw turned down the lead role.
    • According to William Zabka (Scott McCall), there were talks of a Spin-Off with his character in the starring role, but it never materialized.

The Film

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The movie opened up with the Epigraph, "The two most important days of your life are the day you're born and the day you find out why." However, while the movie attributes the quote to Mark Twain, the actual source of the quote is unknown.
  • Billing Displacement: Third-billed Chloë Moretz has considerably less screen time than expected.
  • Channel Hop: The series was made by Universal, but the film was produced by Columbia.


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