What is Left for Denzel Washington as an Artist? | AFI 2019 | TNT

What is Left for Denzel Washington as an Artist? | AFI 2019 | TNT



[APPLAUSE] What's left for me as an
artist, one of the things that's left for me, is to
dig into the best playwright. I've gone to Broadway 14 years. I still need something to
get me excited about it. And actually directing
and acting in theater affords me that opportunity
because there's no safety net. [INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PLAYING] [APPLAUSE] Directing is hard, but
it's the shortest day. There's never enough time. [LAUGHING] I remember
I was on the set. I'm like, what are
they doing in there? We got to go. The AD was like, oh, the
shoe's on the other foot now. [LAUGHTER] Now let's get this
straight right here now before I go along any further. I ain't got to like you. Mr. Rand don't give
me my money come pay day because he like me. He give it to me
'cause he owe me. Now I don't give you everything
I've got to give you. I give you your life. Me and your mama worked
that out between us, and liking your black ass
wasn't part of the bargain. We talk about Tennessee
Williams, and Eugene O'Neill, and Edward Albee. And August Wilson is as
great as any of them. It's a blessing for me I've
been asked by the estate to produce all of
his plays on film. And I'm like, I'm just
the guy for the job. I wasn't going to
get that last strike. I was standing on first
base, waiting for one of them boys to knock me in,
to bring me home. [INAUDIBLE], Troy. I saw the gal. She firmed up my backbone. I got to thinking
that if I tried, maybe I could steal second.
You understand what I'm saying? You should have told me. You should have
grabbed me and held on. I've stolen first
base for 18 years. And I thought, well,
god damn it, go on four. We ain't talking
about baseball. We're talking
about you going off and laying up with
another woman, and bringing her home to me.
That's what we're talking about. We're not talking
about no baseball. Rose, you're not
listening to me. I'm trying to explain it to
you the best way I know how. It's not easy for me to
admit that I've been standing in the same place for 18 years. Well, I've been
standing with you. [APPLAUSE]

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