Denzel Washington | Denzel Washington didn’t know Macbeth

Denzel Washington did not know Macbeth before his last film role.

The 67-year-old actor was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the title character in Joel Coen’s film ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ and believes his lack of knowledge of Shakespeare’s play was a ‘blessing in disguise ” .

Denzel told the BBC: “(I had) never read Macbeth and never seen Macbeth, which I think was a blessing in disguise.

“I took one of the movies, watched about two minutes of it and turned it off. I didn’t want to be affected by what I saw.”

The ‘Training Day’ star stars alongside Frances McDormand in the film and thinks it was a “brilliant idea” by Coen to cast older actors in the lead roles.

Denzel said: “This is it, this is our last chance.

“In the 1600s (when the play was first published), life expectancy might have been 40 or 50. So 60 is like the old 40.”

Washington also explained that the cast and crew had to “dig deep” to master Shakespearean English for the sake of the project.

He said: “There’s no ad-libbing with Shakespeare. You can’t just (scream), ‘King Kong has (nothing) on ​​me!’ I just threw this away (during ‘training day’).

“You have to meet William Shakespeare, you have to get on his level, we’ve all done it – Joel, Fran, me, everyone.

“He’s the norm, so I think when you approach it like that with proper humility and determination and hard work, then it’s fulfilling.”

Denzel began his acting career in theater and urges aspiring actors to follow in his footsteps.

The double Oscar winner said: “You learn to act on stage, not in films. That’s what I tell young actors now, get on stage. Films are a director’s medium, theater is the medium of an actor. Once the curtain is up, it belongs to the actors.”


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