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Published on March 4, 2009

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Washington’s cover story Capital: already received the most Oscars (two) and the most Academy Award nominations (five) Denzel Washington has not only become one of of any actor of color in the annals of the the most respected and acclaimed actors of his motion picture industry. Some point to his generation; he’s also one of the most bankable*: sense of priorities, his ordinary/everyman disposition, and his undying devotion to his Film Gross family, whom he has fiercely cordoned off from media scrutiny. Déjà Vu: $64,038,616 “Acting for me is like making a living. But it’s not my life,” he says. And while many other stars have subsisted on Hollywood Inside Man: $88,513,495 fame, mone and stature, while their families suffered from emotional malnourishment, Man On Fire: $77,911,774 Washington has sidestepped fame’s delectable and sometimes hypnotic Training Day: $76,631,907 trappings. He simply has something that provides infinitely more sustenance. “My Remember the Titans $115,654,751 wife, my children…that’s life. That’s the miracle of what life’s all about.” The Bone Collector $66,518,655 For Washington, life is all about cheering on his oldest son, 23-year-old John David. He was frequently spotted cheering at Courage Under Fire $59,031,057 Morehouse College football games, prior to John’s David’s being drafted by the St. Louis Philadelphia $77,446,440 Rams in 2006. Life is about nurturing the scholastic genius of his eldest daughter, Malcolm X $48,169,910 20-year-old Katia, who is now attending Yale University. It’s about raising his twins, *courtesy Box Office Mojo 16-year-olds Olivia and Malcolm, the latter being named for the fiery civil rights leader Character Malcolm X. Life is about renewing his Development: commitment to the woman of his dreams, Pauletta, the woman he met in 1977 on the set of his first film role, Wilma, the story of legendary track star Wilma Rudolph. In Even in his film debut, Some call it dignity, but dignity, Washington explains, is not 1995, the couple renewed their wedding (the highly forgettable something he packs along in his back pocket and surgically vows in South Africa. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the lightweight comedy inserts into his characters. The dignity Washington exudes is venerated South African apartheid abolitionist, officiated the Carbon Copy), Denzel simply an extension of his innate personality, he told rolling Washington has always out TV. “I just bring myself to the role. I don’t know how to exuded a commanding play dignified,” he says on the red carpet in Los Angeles, one screen presence. Matching the intense dignity week after the New York premiere. “I just bring myself to the of Sidney Poitier with the gritty realism of Marlon role and try to bring the role to me.” Brando, Washington’s potent combination of And Washington brings it like few ever have in Hollywood everyman as well as the leading man, have given history. It’s this indefinable intangible that makes his screen him a considerable following. But more than that, presence so searing and his portrayals so believable. The Washington’s versatility as an actor has always evidence abounds in such characters as Herman Boone in brought a certain dignity and honesty to potentially the $100 million box-office smash, Remember the Titans. controversial roles. His turn as a bitter former Or in his Academy Award-nominated performances as slave in Glory garnered his first Oscar statue, and Malcolm X in the film of the same name, and Reuben Carter in Malcolm X, he turned a man many perceived in Hurricane. Then there was his critically acclaimed role as to be an intense firebrand Steven Biko in Cry Freedom. into a vulnerable conflicted Now there is the prize role of Frank Lucas in the American — but still commanding Gangster film that features enough award winners to stock civil rights leader. He’s a hardware store. In addition to Washington, the film’s stars portrayed a bigoted lawyer include Russell Crowe (Oscar, Gladiator); Cuba Gooding forced to confront his own Jr. (Oscar, Jerry Maguire); and Grammy-winning rapper prejudices in Philadelphia, Common. The film was produced by Brian Grazer (Oscar, forcing the nation in general, (and many African Gladiator); directed by Ridley Scott (Oscar, Gladiator); and Americans in particular), to face the reality of AIDS written by Steven Zaillian (Oscar, Schindler’s List). Grammy and homophobia; and even brought gravitas to winner Jay-Z posted up on the motion picture’s soundtrack. the despicable Detective Alonzo Harris in 2002’s Since Training Day forever changed the perception of Training Day, which earned Washington his second the good-guy-hero roles that Washington was known for, Academy Award win. Those Oscar wins meant he has repeatedly stated that he’ll take any role that comes a lot for the actor himself, but even more for his to him, as long as it’s good. Washington, whose trademark ceremony. Life is about laughing about Halloween trick-or- peers — and the community. has been good guy roles, as in the highly acclaimed film treat visits from baseball megastar Barry Bonds and 100 of “The majority of the Academy are white Glory (for which he won his first Academy Award), and the Bonds’ friends. Or it’s simply hanging out with the families of Americans, and white American actors are going much lauded The Pelican Brief, Remember the Titans, The Magic Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson in the same Beverly to win,” fellow actor Will Smith acknowledged in Preacher’s Wife, Courage Under Fire and Philadelphia, is as Hills neighborhood. His devotion and zealous guarding of 2002. “The breakthrough is an acknowledgment apt to revel in deliciously wicked roles, like when he portrayed personal relationships, as well as the sustenance he has of what the level of work truly is.” an unscrupulous cop in Training Day, which won him an received from them, may have helped him avoid becoming Denzel’s ‘level of work’ has always carried an air Oscar for Best Actor. prey to scandal-seeking tabloids. There was the brief editorial of importance. The inherent dignity of Washington; “I wasn’t hesitant at all [to play the outlaw Lucas]. A good hiccup about an alleged tryst with Out of Time co-star Sanaa a man who is true to himself, and always true to story is a good story. Before Training Day, I hadn’t really been Lathan. But that brief flare-up of a rumor quickly died for lack the character, is what has made him so captivating offered that kind of role,” he explains. “So, after Training Day, of oxygen and credibility. in the 30-plus years of his career. If Tom Hanks that was all I was offered. Not all, that’s not true, but then I was While superstars of many genres are begrudgingly admired is the likeable ‘regular guy’ and Will Smith is the offered more [of] that kind of thing. It comes down to good for their unparalleled skills but are about as cuddly as a pissed- charming ladies’ man, then Denzel Washington is material, great actors to work with and [a] great filmmaker.” off porcupine, Washington comes off as warm and likeable. the embodiment of both; the dignified statesman 19 who breathes life into every role. –todd williams 08, 2007

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