Apart from being a veteran actor of repute, Denzel Washington is widely considered a role model across the world. The Oscar winner has inspired audiences not just through his iconic characters, but also as a charismatic personality off-screen. Washington’s various opinions and quotes about acting and life have made people want to emulate him.
The Hurricane actor is also known to speak his mind frankly. Not someone who minces words or backs down from a challenge, Washington once made popular interviewer Katie Couric squirm while addressing the questions that were posed to him. The star took down the hapless host’s queries, making it one of the most uncomfortable interviews for Couric in her career.
Denzel Washington’s Takedown Of Katie Couric Left Her Shaken
After decades in the business and a filmography that is the envy of many, Denzel Washington has earned the right to be regarded as one of the most influential stars in Hollywood. The actor’s off-screen personality and actions have also inspired fans across the world. While Washington’s candid and frank nature has been appreciated, popular television host Katie Couric was at the receiving end of the star’s sharp tongue.
Appearing in the Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino podcast, Couric was asked by the host about interviews that left her embarrassed. The television presenter recalled a particular interview that she had with Denzel Washington for The Manchurian Candidate which quickly escalated to a rather uncomfortable and forgettable exchange between the actor and her.
“I had a very uncomfortable interview once with Denzel Washington about the remake of The Manchurian Candidate. I think he totally misconstrued a question I asked and kind of jumped all over me.”
The conversation turned so uneasy that Washington’s co-star Meryl Streep who was also part of the interview, looked like she would rather not have been present at the time.
What Did Denzel Washington Say To Katie Couric?
Television host Katie Couric has conducted many celebrity interviews in her career including an in-depth chat with Denzel Washington. Couric though, was not prepared for the turn the interview would take. The host recalled this conversation with the Oscar winner being one of the most uncomfortable moments in her life as a professional.
Recalling the 2004 Dateline interview on NBC with Washington and Meryl Streep for the film The Manchurian Candidate, Couric talked about the various aspects of the political thriller before asking general questions about cinema. Addressing a question to the Training Day star, the presenter asked,
“Denzel, are you — do you feel— you know some people say Hollywood folks should stick to acting,”
Washington, who, according to Couric, had misunderstood the intent behind the question, took it as a persona jibe and decided to school his interviewer on her seemingly frivolous opinions on Hollywood. The actor said,
“I don’t know what Hollywood folks are, first of all, Hollywood is a town that has some stars on the sidewalk. I don’t know anybody from there. So, I don’t — that’s like saying — calling you a type of folks. I’m not a Hollywood folk. I don’t know who they are.”
With every sentence that Couric used to explain herself, the Philadelphia actor countered her with his frank replies until the host was left completely bamboozled and uncomfortable by the end of the interview. Couric went on defend her stance and believed that her line of questioning was valid and correct.