Denzel Washington: “For my first Shakespeare, I was content to imitate Laurence Olivier”

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – The two-time Oscar winner currently stars in macbethavailable on Apple TV+.

Arianna Finos (La Repubblica)

For His Majesty Denzel Washington, playing is like breathing. His solid theatrical training, his old-school cinematographic education, his charisma, his sensuality, his civil commitment and his popularity make him a reference figure – as was for him the late Sidney Poitier – for the new generation of Afro-American actors. Americans, eager to make him their mentor. Among his admirers are his son John David, of course, but also the late Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Corey Hawkins. The star blends seamlessly into the expressionistic black and white of Joel Coen’s Macbeth (available on Apple TV+). Embodying the Scottish lord of Cawdor, consumed by his thirst for power, he is accompanied by Lady Frances McDormand for the occasion.

At 67, Denzel Hayes Washington Jr., already the holder of two Oscars, has the nonchalant smile of someone who has become more coach than champion. The family stable has four children, all in the business, and the actor does not hide his growing passion for directing. It is with resigned grace that he submits to our interview, in liaison from Los Angeles.

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