Denzel Washington and Viola Davis Discuss Acting, Hollywood, the Film Industry, and Much, Much More
Hat tip to Shadow and Act.
It was this clip from a five-part interview on You Tube that went viral recently, and definitely made Denzel “The New Sidney Poitier” Washington more of a hero than ever among blacks. It’s essentially about not taking the easy money way to get a role in Hollywood. As the real Sidney told Denzel, what you choose in film roles ostensibly sends a message to others about how low you will go, and how seriously you’ll be considered as an actor.
However, the entire interview, which occurred in April of last year (2010) is of great worth. Viola Davis and Denzel Washington were together on Broadway while they were playing in the revival of the late August Wilson‘s Fences. The actors were in conversation with Lynn Hirschberg of the New York Times as part of the series, Times Talk. The conversation goes on for an hour, and it is almost no holds barred. Both Davis and Washington look like they’re having great fun here, despite the occasional discomfort of Hirschberg and even the audience. So if you have time to spare, this is the place to watch it all. Enjoy.