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Denzel Washington: Don't Blame The Prison System, 'It Starts At The Home'

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edited November 2017 in For The Grown & Sexy
In “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” Denzel Washington plays an idealistic defense attorney whose beliefs are tested when he joins a new law firm.

The Oscar winner says making the film did not make him more cynical about the justice system and, when asked about the prison-industrial complex, the “Malcolm X” star offered a surprising take.

“It starts at the home,” he told reporters at the film’s downtown New York premiere. “It starts at home.”

When prodded to expand on his answer, the 62-year-old Mount Vernon native replied: “It starts with how you raise your children. If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure.

“So you know I can’t blame the system,” he continued. “It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.”

Washington came into the project with an insider’s edge on writer-director Dan Gilroy; he spars at the same gym as Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred in Gilroy’s critically acclaimed 2014 film “Nightcrawler,” and the actor gave Washington a full briefing on Gilroy.

“I got to learn a little bit about Dan in advance, and to see the great collaboration they had together,” Washington explained. “So it was easy, it was seamless and it was invigorating.”

(Washington declined to answer questions as to whether he or Gyllenhaal would win in the boxing ring).

The Oscar winner has played a lawyer before (“Philadelphia”), but his reasons for taking on this role weren’t so much because he wanted to return to a courtroom.

“It really didn’t have much to do with that,” he said. “It was just that Dan wrote a good script, a good story, the guy happened to be a lawyer. Law wasn’t the thing that attracted me to the story.”

Roman Israel — a legal savant — is certainly a departure for the actor. Washington told the Daily News that he based the character’s eccentricities on those of a friend’s son who is on the autism spectrum.

“He knew all the laws and everything, so I did a lot of research on Asperger’s, and the spectrum, and went in that direction,” he revealed.

Washington says he is not worrying about what his fans will make of this film.

“I just do what I do,” the “Training Day” star said. “I can’t be concerned. I don’t know what they’re going to think, so that’s not something that comes into my head. . . . If it’s something I’m interested in, then I do it if I can, and we’ll find out what they think about it.”





http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/confidential/denzel-washington-don-blame-prison-system-article-1.3653432
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  • gum989gum989 Members Posts: 2,557 ✭✭✭✭✭
    So who goes first in the racial draft, him or Morgan Freeman?
  • jetlifebihjetlifebih Sion Guests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 4,655 ✭✭✭✭✭
    lol Denzel been away from the average experience too long
  • Trollio Trollio Trollololololololololol Members Posts: 25,817 ✭✭✭✭✭
    gum989 wrote: »
    So who goes first in the racial draft, him or Morgan Freeman?

    Sam jackson
    Morgan
    Zel
  • KingFreemanKingFreeman Way UpMembers Posts: 13,731 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Hate it had to be him.
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattleMembers Posts: 50,709 ✭✭✭✭✭
    " my baby aint do nothing to nobody, well he still got smoked at BeBe s party"
  • FedeRICO_FelliniFedeRICO_Fellini Members Posts: 219 ✭✭
    I agree with him to a certain extent.

    Yeah it starts at what they see, hear, get taught at the crib

    But, I know quite a few 🤬 's who ain't have no father at home, or they old man wasn't really 🤬 , and they doing alright.

  • semi-auto-matosemi-auto-mato Members Posts: 2,833 ✭✭✭✭✭
    it's really much there to disown him. he would have to go in to detail.
  • LEMZIMUS_RAMSEYLEMZIMUS_RAMSEY SHAPE YOUR REALITY INSIDE WHICH YOU THRIVE Members, Writer Posts: 17,670 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I agree with him to a certain extent.

    Yeah it starts at what they see, hear, get taught at the crib

    But, I know quite a few 🤬 's who ain't have no father at home, or they old man wasn't really 🤬 , and they doing alright.

    What about THE MAJORITY, those who are not the EXCEPTIONS?
  • sunlordsunlord Members Posts: 515 ✭✭✭✭
    He is 100% correct and it's time black people admit it
  • CapitalBCapitalB all these dollars.. no sense. Members Posts: 24,556 ✭✭✭✭✭
    sunlord wrote: »
    He is 100% correct and it's time black people admit it

    Both things can be true...obviously everything starts at home, but we don't need to deny systemic racism.

    THAT DESTROYS THE HOME in the first damn place..

    white people blow up 🤬 houses and in come this muthafucka WHO PLAYED MALCOLM X talkin bout “well.. if 🤬 didnt have blown up houses theyd be alright..”

    d’uh muthafucka! but WHY ARE OUR HOMES BLOWN UP!?! smmfh

    my head hurts..
    bye yall. bout to eat another plate and take a nap 🤬 !
  • jonojono Right fist = power, left fist = unity Members Posts: 30,280 ✭✭✭✭✭
    He's right.
  • AZTGAZTG Members Posts: 7,598 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Not gonna really go into it, but it doesnt start home. Lets say a baby is born today, in 2017. The system has been trying to 🤬 that babies parents and destroy their sense of right of wrong for all of their lives. Now in some cases the system succeeds and in other cases it does not. In a case where it succeeds, the destruction of the baby born in 2017 started way before he or she was born into the "home"
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