You see that photo above, the one where Denzel Washington is approaching with a smile, and hand open for a handshake? That comes close to a daydream I’ve had meeting the legendary actor. My daydream involves the actor coming towards me, strutting like the king of the jungle, smiling all the way until the big, long hug getting em close enough to smell him! I don’t really want to share where my daydream takes us after the hug, but I can tell you there will eventually be some food and good talk!
Michael Hainey of GQ sat down with Denzel to talk about the actor’s firsts. His first job, first onstage performance, the first movie he recalls, and his first on-camera work being a Fruit of the Loom commercial. He also asks Denzel why he wasn’t in the movie Platoon, or Michael Clayton or if Mr. Washington would ever get into politics.
I’ll share a bit of the interview below, but I’m showing all of the photos from GQ showing how Denzel Washington dominates in several suited looks. The photos shall keep me satisfied until my daydream becomes reality, fingers crossed.
Would you ever go into politics?
No. I’m an independent. In some ways I’m liberal, and other ways I’m conservative. We get so locked in on “you have to be this or that.” It’s ridiculous. I’m not a liberal or a conservative completely. Who is? Or why do you have to be? You assess the pros, the cons, of both sides and you make an intelligent decision.
What’s your first memory of being onstage?
I was around 7, 8, whatever I was. We did a talent show at the Boys Club. Me and another guy, Wayne Bridges—God rest his soul—he’s the father of Chris Bridges, Ludacris. We decided to be the Beatles. So we went to John’s Bargain Store and bought fake guitars and wigs and did “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
Are there any roles you’ve turned down that you regret?
Seven and Michael Clayton. With Clayton, it was the best material I had read in a long time, but I was nervous about a first-time director, and I was wrong. It happens.
Photos and interview from GQ.com