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Denzel Explains Why He’s Done With Directing: ‘It’s Taxing!’

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Denzel Washington is saying goodbye to directing … or at least for now. The Oscar-winning actor told HipHollywood that rumors that Fences is his last directorial endeavor are true and the reason is pretty simple … he’s tired lol.

“It’s taxing, it’s time consuming, so you have to want to do it,” explained the veteran actor who helmed Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters before taking on the August Wilson masterpiece. “Right now, not to say I’ll never do it again, but I don’t have a reason to.”

So what was his reason for directing Fences? Washington revealed he was asked to direct the project after performing in the play on Broadway back in 2010.

“We did the play and we had tremendous success,” explained Washington.  “So I knew I could play the part, and I knew we had a brilliant cast. But, even at that time it took me another three to four years to say, ‘OK, I’m the best one for it.'”

Adds Washington, “I give the utmost respect to Kenny Leon, who directed the play and gave us all a shape that we took and went to Pittsburgh and made the film.”

Now slated for release on Christmas, the film is getting rave reviews, and Viola Davis has already been nominated for a SAG and Golden Globe award for her performance. Washington told us he had to have Davis, and all the other actors from the Broadway production, do the film if it was going to be a success.

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