- In an interview, Oprah and Denzel discussed his work as an actor and also the director of ‘The Great Debaters’ among other things
- Oprah wanted to know if Denzel was ever worried about spoiling his children
Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. is an American producer, actor, and director.
He is well known for his acts as real historical figures who had a hand in shaping the world into what it is today.
He’s played Malcolm X, Steve Biko, Frank Lucas, Melvin Tolson and many others.
The award-winning 62-year-old hails from Mount Vernon, New York, he’s married to Pauletta Pearson and has four children.
Some time ago, Denzel had a chat with Oprah Winfrey.
In the interview, they discussed his work as an actor and also the director of ‘The Great Debaters’ among other things.
Have you seen ‘The Great Debaters’?
The movie tells the story of a man ‘Melvin B Tolson’ in Texas in the 1930’s. He was a college professor in one of the first southern black colleges.
Mel mentored 3 youngsters who dared to challenge segregation by entering a debate against white college youngsters.
Oprah told Denzel how she was so moved when she saw ‘The Great Debaters’, and asked him how he felt the first time he read the script for the movie.
Denzel shared that he felt an emotional connection with the whole thing, it really moved him too.
Well, that explains why the movie was so good.
Denzel was able to connect with it at a certain level which manifested in his acting and directing.
After a few more questions about Denzel’s career, Oprah asked Denzel if he was ever worried about spoiling his children.
‘Raising children who are smart, kind, and generous and who know themselves has become more difficult than ever in our consumer culture. Were you ever worried about spoiling your children?’
'They live well, but we don't just give them anything they want. When our twins turned 16, I bought them used cars. Okay, they're BMWs, but I wanted them in something safe!' [Laughs]
Yeah, that’s right, Denzel got his twins BMWs on their 16th birthday.
Is that spoiling?
So many people feel that way though and won’t spare any words of criticism.
It’s unclear if Oprah was aware of the car gifts and hence tried to critique the act by asking him that question.