Joel Coen directed "The Tragedy of Macbeth", which was also part of the master class. Washington smiles and says, "I steal from top"
Denzel Washington, an actor, has over 60 films under his belt. He also won two Oscars. At 66, he is widely regarded as one the greatest actors of all time. Denzel Washington, the director, just finished his fourth feature. In an interview last week, he stated that he doesn't consider himself a director. "I'm still learning."
Washington directed "A Journal for Jordan" before it was based on Dana Canedy's book about her fiancée, who died fighting in Iraq and their journal of life lessons. His most recent directorial effort was "Fences," which was released in 2016. Viola Davis won an Oscar for the film version of August Wilson's play.
Washington also directed his feature films "The Great Debaters" and "Antwone Fischer" in 2007. He says that he prefers to stay offscreen while he is at the helm.
He said, "I prefer not to be in the movies." "It was due to me being able raise the money to make the films. Then, 'Fences' was made. We had great success on stage, so it translated well to film. I like being more behind the scenes.
Washington said that he was inspired by other directors, aside from Coen's recent collaboration.
He said, "I spent a wonderful day with Paul Thomas Anderson a few months ago, to hear how he works." "And Steve McQueen. I've been talking to a bit. It's something I'm still learning, so I'm open to learning from the best. I have been speaking to the best.
Michael B. Jordan said that he too is interested in learning from the best, which is why Washington directed him. He is charismatic as Canedy’s fiancée, 1st Sergeant. Charles Monroe King was 48 when he was killed in Iraq. Chante Adams portrays Canedy.
Jordan stated in an interview that Jordan was grateful for the opportunity to work closely with him. It was an honest master class.
Jordan said, "As an actor, you can watch all his movies growing up, and be curious about his rehearsals or how he breaks down the character. His perspective on character is so multilayered. It's clear that you realize this is the reason Denzel is Denzel. "I've been doing well, but then I realized that this is the next level.
Jordan stated that Washington's collaboration was particularly important because he is about to make his directorial debut. He will be directing and starring in "Creed III."
"Knowing I was going to be directing Creed III next, he made it an effort to take me to the side, you know?" Jordan stated that he was always in his back pocket, asking questions and giving me little gems.
Washington asked the actor if he had a storyboardist lined up. He didn't and wouldn't for many months. Washington responded quickly by making introductions.
Jordan replied, "He was like, ‘No, no. Get one now. He picked up his phone, and called Warren Drummond. He was like, "Warren, it was D. Mike B. is here and he's getting prepared to direct Creed III." Washington called Jordan and quickly a deal was struck.
Jordan stated, "So it's coming from something as generous that to, he was constantly giving me advice for what I should look for because it's another layer -- there aren't a lot people who have directed their own." Jordan said that Washington told him to identify the "very few opinions that you are really going to anchor you choices on" because he didn't have the time to go back to the monitors every single take to see what he had.
Washington stated that the original plan wasn't for him to direct. He was introduced to the project by longtime producer Todd Black 12 years back, just after Canedy had written her story. The process of creating a script took eight years. Washington was moved by the beauty and sadness of the love story.
Jordan, who was also involved in the project for many years before it was made, said he had a lot of empathy with his son's father through his journaling.
Jordan says, "I journal a lot and I think about legacy every day." Jordan says, "And one day having my own family. "And I think about my life here on Earth. What do I do with it?"
Washington was another reason Denzel stayed with the film. He saw it develop and his dance cards filled up quickly in Hollywood. He says that Denzel was his dream director.
Washington believes mentorship is important for him too. He started with Robinson Stone, an English and theatre teacher at Fordham University. Stone was "one of my first mentors that could see the potential in me."
He said, "And over the years, we've been blessed with some of the most important filmmakers ever, so it's easy to steal from them." "Learning from the best, Spike Lee to Tony Scott, Ridley Scott and Norman Jewison to Richard Attenborough to Jonathan Demme. I learn a lot from each of them and then try to put it into practice in what I do.