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.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Profession: Actor
Nationality: American

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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.

My faith helps me understand that circumstances don't dictate my happiness, my inner peace.

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.

I like talking. I like acting.

Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life.

I'm not in the loop; I don't know any actors, really, just the ones I work with.

Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century.

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've been fortunate. I don't pick scripts. Scripts pick me.

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 think the bottom of the totem pole is African-American women, or women of colour. I think they get the least opportunities in Hollywood.

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!

Growing up I didn't watch movies.

I'd be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I'd been given. I'd be more frightened by procrastination and laziness.