22 thoughts on “MCM: Denzel Washington

  1. Sorry, I’m fanning my face with that yummy pic of Denzel and Keanu. I’ll answer you later…. lol

  2. I loved him in Malcolm X and Fences.Surprisingly he doesn’t give off a conventional “Shakespearean actor” vibe but does amazing in gritty modern dramas,where I know him from.
    Waiting to see him in Macbeth(one of the few Shakespearean plays I can enjoy and suspend my disbelief over far-fetched plotlines.Well,that and Baconlet and the Henry stuff).

  3. EXCELLENT choice for MCM! He’s so handsome, a great actor, and has done a lot of great historical roles.

  4. I think it falls just outside the purview of the blog, but my favorite is Remember the Titans. It’s actually one of my favorite movies in general. That and Much Ado About Nothing. I think he does an excellent job with Shakespeare’s language. I can’t wait to see him in Macbeth!

  5. Ah, this reminds me–I really wanted to see Fences but I think it came out around the holidays and wasn’t showing near me by the time I could get to it. I read another August Wilson play in college and found it really moving… can’t believe I lost track of this one, especially starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, both of whom I find very compelling as actors. I’ll have to fix this! I think I saw some of Malcolm X but it was ages ago. He was great in Glory. Curious about MacBeth (I may have been alone in this but I didn’t love the one with Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender).

    1. “(I may have been alone in this but I didn’t love the one with Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender)”

      Far from it. I thought it had good cinematography, but the acting, in an effort to be grounded I guess, was completely devoid of subtext. The entire movie was spoken as if in a daze. There were also a few odd adaptation choices. It does suffer in comparison to the versions delivered by the masterful Polanski, Welles, and Kurosawa.

  6. What about “Remember the Titans”? Do the ’70s not count as “frock-y” enought?

  7. It’s so tough to answer your question because so many of these films are just soooo good. In my mind, Malcolm X is Denzel at his sexiest and Much Ado About Nothing is Denzel at his most beautiful. Those films are tied for favorites in different ways. The Hurricane is very good, too, plus you get to drool over Liev Schrieber. I never heard of Wilma, and I had no idea about Macbeth. I’m definitely going to keep a look out for that one. I think I read that Denzel has a production deal with HBO (?) to produce all of August Wilson’s plays. I hope he does so. Jitney is my favorite August Wilson play, and I think it would be great if it were widened in scope into a movie. A GREAT Man Candy Monday choice.

    P.S. I’m also fanning myself over that pic of Denzel and Keanu. Kenneth Branagh had all the right sun-kissed elements for Much Ado… Sigh… I’ve longed too see Denzel do more Shakespeare ever since then. I haven’t seen the Fassbender-Cotillard version, but I had I hopes for it…

    1. Wow! Ok, I was going to say he is an awesome actor in everything he puts his hands on, but Wow! That was a beautiful way to put it: ‘Malcolm X is Denzel at his sexiest and Much Ado About Nothing is Denzel at his most beautiful’

  8. Devil in a Blue Dress is easily my favorite Denzel films. He was just a regular cat just trying to get by in that flick. Plus one of the best cinematic shots I’ve ever seen when he and Don Cheadle stand over Tom Sizemore as his character takes his last breaths.

    1. Agree @Cedric A, he was best (and most sexy) in Devil in a Blue Dress. Great tension in that film.
      Though not a FF, I also really enjoyed D.W. as Detective Frazier in “The Inside Man”, also with Clive Owen. A fascinating thriller with an ending I that really surprised me, and talk about Man Candy!!

  9. I know it’s outside your period, but his portrayal of Steven Biko in Cry Freedom was a conscious raising movie for me. Before watching the movie in 8th grade I didn’t understand how insidious evil could be.

  10. I’m fond of “Glory,” because D.W. plays the stereotypical fiery-young-rebel role with such conviction and skill.

    1. The Book of Eli is a post-apocalyptic speculative fiction and the rest of his body of work is considered contemporary fiction and does not qualify for a frock flick.

  11. I love all of Denzel’s films that I have seen…but I am picking Fences, because 1) I saw him and Viola Davis in their Tony-winning roles in the stage version on Broadway, and 2) I live in Pittsburgh about 2 miles from August Wilson’s “The Hill” where it was filmed…I’ve been there many times and aside from the time change, that’s what it’s still like.

  12. Love this list!! Just one small thing — Denzel didn’t win the Oscar for Fences, he lost to Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour. Viola Davis did win for Supporting, though!

  13. I was startled by Denzel’s Don Pedro way back when I first saw Much Ado. But once I realized I was supposed to ignore skin color and just accept him ad Don Pedro I was fine with it. Better than fine actually, he was great in the role. One was moderately surprised Beatrice turned him down! I was so much into his wise prince portrayal that I was disappointed in him for falling for his brother’s trickery.

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