Denzel Washington is the star behind the new film “Fences” and has been making the media rounds to promote the film, and the A-lister has made some pretty poignant remarks.
The two time Academy Award winner talked about acting in the film adaption of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, and about his new life role on T.D. Jakes show earlier this month.
When asked by Jakes if this film was a tribute to Wilson, Washington shared with the host and audience this message: “Yeah. Yeah. You know I am in the service business now. I am fine. I’ve done well. I don’t need anything else. I have all the watches and jewelry and all that so I am here to serve God. I am here to serve my family.”
“So professionally right now I am here to serve August Willson and I claim that.”
The Hollywood star plays the male lead, Troy Maxson in the Golden Globe nominated movie revolved around an African-American blue collar family in 1950s Pittsburgh.
Maxson believes his life has been at a stand still as a local sanitation worker because he was unable to reach his dream of becoming a professional baseball player in the MLB. A circumstance that has haunted him and one that is now impacting his son’s chances of playing football in college.
As the 53-year-old father goes through his daily grind the frustration felt about his current circumstances is continually bubbling up and causing stress on his family relationships like the one with his son.
In another appearance on the Director’s Roundtable discussion hosted by the Hollywood Reporter, Washington shared his thoughts when asked about his most ‘difficult’ job. He didn’t mince words – acting definitely isn’t on his list of things that are hard in life.
“People talk about the difficulty of making a movie and I’m like, send your son to Iraq, that’s difficult.”
“Making a movie is a luxury… It’s an opportunity. And most importantly it’s a gift… Don’t get it twisted, it’s just a movie. It ain’t that big a deal.”
Others at the infamous table include Mel Gibson, Berry Jenkins, Damien Chazelle, Mira Nair and Oliver Stone who is a Vietnam War veteran.