Washington Came Close To A Life Of Crime

Subscribe to Denzel Washington alerts

Denzel Washington credits his acting ambitions with saving him from a life of crime - he fell in with a bad crowd as a teenager.
The Oscar-winning actor plays a man who takes a bribe from a hijacker, played by John Travolta, in his upcoming movie The Taking of Pelham 123.
And Washington connected with the character because he took part in petty crimes when he was growing up in a tough New York neighbourhood.
He says, "I believe I have been that guy. Not recently, but you don't forget. I'll never forget what it feels like not to eat, no matter how much food you get. I agree that it's not quite the same situation, because he (character) has taken money and I haven't done anything like that. But the humiliation, that's happened in the boxing ring when you are getting beaten up. And we've all done a small crime... Oh, I've been very bad."
And Washington knew how lucky he had been after bumping into one of his old crewmembers during a stint on Broadway.
"We all used to ride the trains together. Sneak on the trains, jump the turnstiles, go to town and hang out. I don't see them so much any more because I don't go to Mount Vernon (the New York suburb he grew up in ). But when I did Julius Caesar on Broadway, one showed up at the play. He had been in the penal system for 28 years and he asked for my help, so I helped him get a house. At least, I hope he bought a house. The second one died. The third one is a chef doing okay. And I am the fourth one."


Tags: Denzel Washington

Subscribe to Denzel Washington alerts

More Denzel Washington

Chris Pratt In Talks to Join Denzel Washington in 'Magnificent Seven'

Chris Pratt, Hollywood's new golden boy who will star in Jurassic World next year, before starting work on the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, is...

"Gone Girl" Wins Weekend Box Office. Barely.

Over the weekend, David Fincher’s suspenseful thriller Gone Girl breezed past box office competition, including the supernatural prequel Annabelle. Fincher's mystery flick about a husband,...

Denzel Washington's "The Equalizer" Leaves Box Office Contenders In The Dust With $35 M Weekend

The Equalizer, a thriller starring Denzel Washington conquered the North American box off after yet another slow weekend. Washington plays a man, who helps rescue...

'The Equalizer' Takes A New Approach To The Remake

It's hardly surprising that filmmakers raised on TV series in the 1980s are now turning them into movies. Some of these end up as faithful...


The Equalizer Movie Review

Little more than a paint-by-numbers action thriller, it's anyone's guess why the filmmakers have bothered to make a connection with the 1980s TV series of...

Is 'The Equalizer' Really the Best Use of Denzel Washington?

The Equalizer, Denzel Washington's new movie, hasn't exactly been ripped apart by the critics. In fact, it's actually scored pretty decent reviews and will almost...

Denzel Washington Not Campaigning to Play Bond (But Probably Would)

Denzel Washington has clarified his comments about playing James Bond after Daniel Craig relinquishes the role in a couple of years' time. The Training Day...

Denzel Washington Starts Campaign To Play James Bond

Denzel Washington has accomplished many things in his lengthy movie career, which includes winning two Oscars, but the 59 year-old actor still has his eye...



babygirl3954's picture


Thank goodness Denzel chose a better path in life.I wish I had Denzel Washington for a friend.Whoever has him for a friend is truly blessed.I hope they are truly thankful and appreciate him.
Import Source: 
Import Date: 

5 years 5 months ago
View Comments

Denzel Washington Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Denzel Washington

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All