“I’m fighting for my life out there”: Denzel Washington Changed His Retirement Plans For DCU Star Viola Davis

Denzel Washington was tired from acting and wanted to retire but Viola Davis made him feel alive and invigorated his passion for acting back in 2013.

"I'm fighting for my life out there": Denzel Washington Changed His Retirement Plans For DCU Star Viola Davis

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  • Denzel Washington was tired from acting and wanted to retire from the job and leave Hollywood.
  • Denzel Washington revealed that Viola Davis brought back life into his retirement plans.
  • Washington recalled having a talk with Morgan Freeman when Washington was a nobody at the time.
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Denzel Washington is an incredible actor who has had an array of iconic roles in notable movies throughout his career. Being a veteran actor of 68 years, Washington found fame in the early 2000s and 2010s for his roles.

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Wondering if it was his time to quit, Washington co-incidentally starred alongside Viola Davis in a 2010 movie. Admiring his co-star, Denzel Washington felt alive as he had to compete with her on-screen to be a good actor, and that brought back life into his retirement plans.

Denzel Washington in The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)
Denzel Washington in The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)

Denzel Washington Had To Fight For His Acting!

Viola Davis has always been known as an incredible actress for the fierce roles that she plays. Starring in notable movies like Suicide Squad, The Woman King, and, The Help, Davis has proved herself countless times.

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Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences (2016)
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences (2016)

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Back in 2013, Denzel Washington was tired from acting. Wanting to retire from the job and leave Hollywood, the actor felt like he was counting his final shots. As fate would have it, Washington went on to star alongside Viola Davis in the 2013 Broadway production of Fences. The play, adapted from the book of the same name, starred Denzel Washington and Viola Davis as the lead roles.

In an interview with The Telegraphthe actor revealed that working alongside Viola Davis reinvigorated his love for acting as he had a moment of clarity.

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“As we get older, hopefully we get wiser and you start to realise how many shots do I have left? And the experience of working with Viola on Broadway was such a thrill. Watching her I realised I’m fighting for my life out there with this brilliant actress.”

He further continued,

“The whole process is where I am in my life right now. It reawakened me. I felt alive again and I said I want to apply that same work ethic to every job in terms of preparation, investigation, everything. No matter how big a movie is, I never want it to be just another gig. I don’t want that. Don’t want to know.’’

It is pretty obvious that Denzel Washington is a person who likes to add thrill to his life. Back in the early productions of Broadway when Washington was not famous, he had a sword fight with Morgan Freeman and Freeman had insulted him quite brutally.

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When Morgan Freeman Insulted Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman
Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman

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Back when Washington graduated from college, the actor had the opportunity to star in a Broadway production of Coriolanus. Wanting to be the hero of the story, the actor revealed to The Kennedy Center that he had a talk with Morgan Freeman when Denzel Washington was a nobody at that time.

“He said to me: ‘First of all, what’s your name?’ I said: ‘You don’t know me, I’m Denzel’. He said: ‘Alright, Denzel. We click the swords three times, click click click. I stab you, you fall down, and you die. Quickly’.”

The tables turned quickly as Denzel Washington established a name for himself in Hollywood. Starring in several iconic roles, the actor is the recipient of 2 Oscars and will be seen in Gladiator 2 in the near future.

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Written by Visarg Acharya

Articles Published: 2097

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.