First Look: Scruffy Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli

May 27, 2009
Source: USA Today

Scruffy Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli

Finally, some official photos from the post-apocalyptic western The Book of Eli have arrived courtesy of USA Today. Sure, we've seen an early poster, some on-set photos, and even a video featurette, but these are the first official photos from Warner Brothers feature being directed by the Hughes Brothers. The best way to introduce this is why the caption for that black and white photo at the top: "Eli's iPod has run out of juice and to the right is the road that leads into Carnagio's town. Eli makes the decision to go in to town, power up his iPod and refill his canteen." And that's where it all begins. Check out the four new photos below.

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The Book of Eli is a a post-apocalyptic tale in which a lone man named Eli (played by Denzel Washington) fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind. In the article, Washington talks about deciding to take on the role. "I initially wasn't all that interested in the part," he admits. "But my son thought I should do it. And he talked me into doing Training Day and American Gangster, and that worked out pretty well. So I decided to listen to him again." We'll find out for sure next January if it was the right move or not - but so far it's looking pretty damn good. Thoughts?

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I'm pretty damn exited for this movie. there have been a lot of surprises , and let downs in films this year, and I think this one will bring the pain.

Atg2040 on May 27, 2009


I guess it makes sense to want your ipod working if the world's ended, I mean what else is there to entertain you... And I can't believe his son chose Training Day for him, I would think that'd be a little out of his age bracket, but I guess the kid's got quite the film palette.

peloquin on May 27, 2009


The story sounds really great. Denzel is a great actor, I think he'll do just fine =)

Robbie on May 27, 2009


He looks super cool in the street. Denzel can rock it extra good.

Crapola on May 27, 2009


... I still need to see Training Day, but this looks really good and has some really good potential... my interest is peaked... ...

Mondo Jay on May 27, 2009


this looks like . . . bliss

Scott McHenry on May 27, 2009


First of all ... post-apocalyptic? I'm in. And, secondly ... Denzel? I'm in. Can't help but be a good one, in my books. I'll definitely be going.

Hilander on May 27, 2009


This could be pretty good. I may be a minority on this but I'm getting a little tired of Denzel. I feel that he acts the same way in all his films and after inside man and american gangster I found myself noticing that denzel is the same in most his movies. Good actor but like I said I'm getting a little tired of him.

Dan W on May 27, 2009


What is all this iPod shit, you guys are joking right? Please?

DukePhoenix on May 27, 2009


remember to have your ipod charger handy when the apocalypse happens, moral of the story of the book of eli

harrison on May 27, 2009


Denzel is really good in off-beat roles. #5 Training Day is overated, Ethan Hawke was x10 better His son just wants to be the greatest trust fund baby ever!.. can't say I'm not jealous

L on May 27, 2009


Excited that's all what i have to say. Denzel + Oldman = REAL EPIC MOVIE

Fisherr on May 28, 2009


Is this Ipod thing serious,that's seroiusly where it all begins?

george on May 28, 2009


#8 Nah, it probably just happened that you're a bit tired of seeing him. Happens to other folks as well, even if the actor/actress is a highly proclaimed one. But I wouldn't really classify Denzel as always the "same". I'd give that title to Sam Jackson LOL.

solider on May 28, 2009

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