Denzel Washington quotes share his thoughts about acting, his life growing up and views as an actor. He shared some very intimate times growing up as a boy and surprisingly didn’t watch much movies growing up. He talked about being the son of a Religious Minister, so movies were limited. Sometimes stars clash when their movies show the same time at the box office and this was the case with him and Dwayne Johnson as popular films by them played the same time.
Denzel Hayes Washington Jr. is an American director, producer and actor. He has won various awards for his acting skills and is considered one of the best actors around. He says he doesn’t have actor friends and his name may be mentioned along other names like Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston who are all considered great actors. Below are a number of his quotes.
"Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.”
“I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me - spiritually and financially.”
“I'd be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I'd been given. I'd be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.”
“You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of it.”
“You don't know when you're being watched. That's one of the weird things about celebrity. It's my least favorite part of acting, celebrity.”
“Where I think the most work needs to be done is behind the camera, not in front of it.”
“You have to grab moments when they happen. I like to improvise and ad lib.”
“When people protest and are upset with a movie, it becomes a big hit. They hated Passion of The Christ, it worked out pretty well for the box office. So let's get that going.”
“When I did A Soldier's Story, I was very young and green and thought I knew everything-now I know I know everything!”
“The time to worrying about flying is when you're on the ground. When you're up in the air, it's too late. No point in worrying about it then.”
“The poorest people are the sweetest people.”
“The last few years I've been saying I was ready to quit. It wasn't that interesting to me. Now that I'm directing, it's all new again.”
“One good thing about acting in film is that it's good therapy.”
“My role 14 years ago in Richard III - that was the first time I played a bad guy and learned a lot about it - they have all the fun!”
“My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque.”
“Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century.”
“In Los Angeles, everyone is a star.”
“In any profession it gets to be a grind.”
“If you have an enemy, then learn and know your enemy, don't just be mad at him or her.”
“If you don't trust the pilot, don't go.”
“If I am a cup maker, I'm interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.”
“I've worked in a factory. I was a garbage man. I worked in a post office. It's not that long ago. I like to think that I'm just a regular guy.”
“I've worked with children all my life.”
“I've been fortunate. I don't pick scripts. Scripts pick me.”
“I wasn't allowed to go to movies when I was kid; my father was a minister. 101 Dalmatians and King of Kings, that was the extent of it.”
“I'm not in the loop; I don't know any actors, really, just the ones I work with.”
“I'm not a film buff. I don't watch a lot of movies.”
"I played Othello, but I didn't sit around thinking how Laurence Olivier did it when he played it. That wouldn't do me any good."
"I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith."
"I had a lot of success from the start. I never really was tested for long periods of time. I got my first professional job while I was a senior in college. I signed with the William Morris Agency before I graduated."
"I and haven't been unemployed for 20 years. I'm an exception to the rule."
"I don't concern myself with award. I'd been to the party enough times to know it really didn't matter."
"Growing up I didn't watch movies."
"Dakota Fanning is a child, but she is a wonderful actor. I don't know what a child actor is. She's an actor who's a child."
"Everybody has a job to do. There are people in Iraq on both sides of this war who do what they do for religious reasons, and they feel with God on their side. Some people are good at annihilating people. Maybe that's their gift."
"My mother never gave up one me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home, but my mother sent me right back."
"Any good piece of material like Shakespeare ought to be open to reinterpretation."
"I'm very proud to be black, but black is not all I am. That's my cultural historical background, my genetic makeup, but it's not all of who I am nor is it the basis from which I answer every question."
"I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it."
"It's simple: You get a part. You play a part. You play it well. You do your work and you go home. And what is wonderful about movies is that once they're done, they belong to the people. Once you make it, it's what they see. That's where my head is at."
"Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward."
"Michelle Pfeiffer hasn't been finding a lot of work recently because she doesn't like what a woman her age is offered. That's a real double standard. You get Sean Connery, who gets older and older, still playing opposite young ladies, but it doesn't work the other way around."
"I still have my unemployment books and I remember when I worked for the sanitation department and the post office."
"I like talking. I like acting."
"I work hard for the audience. It's entertainment. I don't need validation."
Denzel Washngton quotes are from a man who grew up in a Christian family. If you read some of his remarks you will see he hasn’t forgotten how he was raised and he says he has faith in God. I hope many of his quotes will be a motivator for those who seek to be better persons and accomplish much in life.