“You said don’t shoot him, right? Well I didn’t; I choked… Look, Easy, if you ain’t want him dead, why you leave him with me?”
To me, Denzel Washington is one of those dudes who seemingly arrived in the world a fully fledged movie star. In my movie watching lifetime, he’s always just been there and he’s always been awesome. So it’s odd to think there was a once a time when he was up and coming, making his bones and still scratching around for that first lead role, that first big break out.
His first opportunity came with Spike Lee’s Malcolm X in 1992. But that was some prestige, award baiting stuff. He followed it up the following year, co-starring with Tom Hanks in Philadelphia. But in 1995, Denzel the Movie Star burst onto the scene with couple of big ass, big budget, big spectacle blockbusters. He hit with Crimson Tide and he missed with Virtuosity. He also took on something a little more interesting, with the noir-tastic Devil in a Blue Dress. (more…)