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.
It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere
Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!
Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.
Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.
Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.
Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.
He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.“
“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”
In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.
“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”
BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.
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