Denzel Washington is not only an incredible actor (“Flight” or “Man on Fire” is all the proof you need), but he is a pretty damn good director too.
He directed “Antwone Fisher” and “The Great Debaters,” and now he is looking to add another film to his directorial credits.
Empire spoke with Denzel yesterday about the Broadway play “Fences” that he won the Best Actor Tony award for back in 2010, and he said, “It re-awakened me about the work, and my commitment to the work. I said to myself: ‘ I've got to dig deeper.’ The reason I did ‘Fences’ is that Scott Rudin sent me the script August Wilson wrote – the only one of his plays that he wrote as a screenplay – to act and direct. I really do want to direct [the film version].”
The play is set in the 1950s and centers on Troy Maxon (Denzel), a 53 year old urban trash collector haunted by his unfulfilled dream of becoming a baseball star.
I think it would be phenomenal to see him direct and star in the film adaptation of something he already won an award for.
As enjoyable as his action films are Denzel has always delivered a better performance in more dramatic work (“Man on Fire” was a pretty great blend), and I can’t wait to see him tear up some scenes.
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