Denzel Washington Is NOT A Celebrity
Denzel Washington has absolutely no interest in being a celebrity. While promoting his latest film “Fences”, the 61-year-old actor explained:
My father worked 50 years for the water department, he was also a minister and he worked three jobs all the time. He made it, he was successful. Celebrity is really overrated — we don’t want anything to do with celebrity. I am an actor.
On reviving August Wilson’s play, he says:
To take this play to the big screen means that it is an opportunity for millions of people to see it instead of thousands. Wilson is a genius .?.?. it was a privilege, honor and a responsibility to bring his work to film.
Last year, Denzel announced that he would produce 10 of Pulitzer prize-winning playwright August Wilson’s works in a deal with HBO. He explained,
We’re going to do one a year for the next nine years. I’m really excited about that. That that they put it in my hands, the estate, and trust me. That’s good enough for me. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Denzel has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film “Glory” (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller “Training Day” (2001).
He has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1980s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in “Cry Freedom” (1987), Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X in “Malcolm X” (1992), boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in “The Hurricane” (1999), football coach Herman Boone in “Remember the Titans” (2000), poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson in “The Great Debaters” (2007), and drug kingpin Frank Lucas in “American Gangster” (2007). He has been a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and has been a frequent collaborator of directors Spike Lee and the late Tony Scott. In 2016, Washington was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
In 2002, Washington made his directorial debut with biographical film “The Antwone Fisher Story”. His second directorial effort was “The Great Debaters”, released in 2007. Washington’s third directorial effort, “Fences”, starring himself opposite Viola Davis, was released on December 16, 2016.