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Denzel Washington has refused to be drawn on whether The Equalizer will develop into his first franchise.
The Oscar winner, whose films have grossed more than $2bn (£1.2bn) at the box office, is one of the biggest draws in cinema but has never made a follow up movie.
Speaking to Sky News, the star said: "I've been asked before to do a sequel but look, the audience is first, the offer is second and the script is next - it depends on the material."
Washington is one of Hollywood's most bankable stars - 14 of his last 15 movies have opened to more than $20m (£12m) in the US - but he has resisted doing sequels to Inside Man, Safe House and Training Day.
Denzel bristled at my suggestion he gave a "diplomatic answer" to the question of whether The Equalizer will be his first sequel: telling me to "sit down" despite my time being up.
"Listen, sit down, that's not a diplomatic answer - that's a fact, that's a fact. If it's not on the page I'm not doing it," he said.
Washington will need all of his star power to resist pressure for a sequel.
It has been reported that the action movie has earned the highest test scores with audiences for an R-rated movie in Sony's history and screenwriter Richard Wenk has apparently already signed up to write another movie.
The Equalizer, which also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, is in cinemas now.