The 2007 hit film "American Gangster," starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, made more than$130 million at the box office and was nominated for two Oscars — and its original director, Antoine Fuqua, was left out in the cold.
Fuqua was initially set to direct, but was fired due to creative differences. He talked with The Frame on being fired from a a film for the first time.
The first job that I failed, and I actually got fired on, was "American Gangster." After coming off on the high of "Training Day," it was even more devastating having the opportunity to work with Denzel again. But what I learned from that was, it's not all about me all the time. And you have to learn how to navigate sometimes as a filmmaker. And you have to find other ways to communicate with the studio and people so that you can see your vision through and not get fired. That's not a good thing. That's a bad day when that happens.
Antoine Fuqua's most recent film was "The Equalizer," starring Denzel Washington.