In this regard, Denzel Washington admits that the brilliance of Afro-descendant actors in the film and television industry is a fact that must be highlighted. “Obviously I was in a different position, but I don’t know how important that factor is now.
Due to streaming there is a lot of work that is circulating, in which we are now with a cast where they do not look at the color. We are much more into it. I see now many more opportunities for everyone ”.
As a reference for acting, he feels that he must share what he has learned with new generations, just as his friend, actor Sidney Poitier, who died a few days ago at 94 years of age, did with him. “Sidney was first and foremost a friend, we talked about everything, not just acting, but life. His door was always open for me and that was a unique and different relationship than my relationship with the younger generations. But, anyway, I feel that there is a type, I do not want to say responsibility, but a desire to share what I know, share my experience for anyone who asks.
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“The movie moves fast, Joel cut it to the bone, I don’t feel like I’m losing anything, it hits you and it moves on. There is an immediacy, an impact that will resonate with you today, ”says Washington.
He says that for the construction of Macbeth he had total freedom from the first day of filming. “With Joel Coen we handled it very well, he let me do things alone. It may sound cliché, but he felt he had the right person. I don’t recall a lot of notes and I think that’s a testament to his soft touch from work. He is one of those who lets things flow to take chances ”.
Joel Coen’s version of The Macbeth Tragedy is absolutely theatrical. It takes place between shadows and with a minimalist scenography that the actor stands out and is grateful for, as it helped him shape and show off his particular Macbeth. “It was really cool to shoot the movie in those settings. Designers created this world. It was good to hear Joel speak and say, I don’t want real furniture. It was very naked, because in the end it is the actor’s work that reveals who these people are, there is no place to hide and I think that was a great idea, “he says, marking the distance between work done in film and theater. “I think that’s the main thing in terms of performance, being able to do it over and over again in the cinema. In a play you do it too, although the next day. But in the cinema it is: ‘Oh, I know what you want’ and you see it again in situ. That, in a way, is always going to be an advantage of making a movie. “
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Asked if he was ever seduced by greed like Macbeth, the actor smiles and responds: “Sure, surely, at some point I said: No, no, me, but I would never admit it (laughs). We are human you know Especially in America we are trained to win, you want to be number one in whatever it is, so somehow we build on disappointment ”.
In his personal life, Denzel Washington does not believe in witches and, rather, considers himself a spiritual man rather than a religious man. “I like to use the word spirituality because religion comes from a human who receives a lot of spirituality. When that turns into religion, it’s like ‘my religion is correct. You’re wrong, I’m fine. ‘ I try not to push things to those limits. In the play Macbeth goes so far as to sell his soul, his inner jewel to the devil to be king. The question I ask myself is why did the witch come into his life that day?
The two-time Oscar winner says director Joel Coen and his co-star Frances McDormand were “enough reasons I needed to take the role.” Photo: broadcast