Denzel Washington has an amazing ability to disappear into whatever role he’s playing. Whether he’s playing a romantic lead, a villain, or a hero, he makes the character completely believable, and he’s been rewarded with three Academy Awards because of that talent. It would be one thing if he played a lot of similar characters, but Washington thrives on diversity, and it seems like he goes out of the way to find challenging roles. Washington’s new movie, Roman J. Israel, Esq., finds him playing an idealistic lawyer who’s also on the autism spectrum, so we asked if he sought out the role because it was something new for him to play.
Roman J. Israel, Esq. is now playing in theaters nationwide.
Coco was the #1 movie during the Thanksgiving Day weekend (November 24-26) with a $49 million take. Justice League, which has suffered from bad reviews and poor word of mouth, was close behind with $40.7 million. Wonder had a second solid weekend with $22.3 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Coco – Sure to be nominated for an Oscar, this highly praised animated flick makes $49 million.
2. Justice League – $40.7 million
3. Wonder – Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson headlined flick collects $22.3 million
4. Thor: Ragnarok – $16.7 million
5. Daddy’s Home 2 – $13.2 million
6. Murder on the Orient Express – Considering it cost $55 million, the picture has done well with a $175 million gross. This weekend it takes in $13 million.
7. The Star – $6.8 million
8. A Bad Moms Christmas – $5 million
9. Roman J. Israel, Esq. – Denzel Washington flick bombs with just $4.5 million
10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Fox Searchlight drama which will be remembered come awards season makes $4.4 million.
When it comes to acting, few are better at the craft than Denzel Washington. When historians look back at the two-time Oscar winner’s career on stage and screen, he will undoubtedly be ranked among the all-time greats. And that makes it all the more surprising that there was a time when he almost had to give up on his acting career and take a “real” job. Washington told us about his dry spell and the life-changing role that ended the drought.
Denzel Washington stars in Roman J. Israel, Esq., which opens in theaters Friday.
Denzel Washington’s name is sure to come up in conversation again when Hollywood’s awards season arrives. He gives a stunning performance as the title character in the crime thriller Roman J. Israel, Esq. He stars as a defense attorney whose life takes some serious twists and turns after he takes over for one of his firm’s partners. It’s another great role for Washington, who refuses to let himself be stereotyped. The Oscar winner has played cops and coaches, bad guys and good guys, teachers and drug dealers … and you believe every character he plays. Washington credits that to the process he goes through every time he signs on to a movie, and he told us about that process. (Click on the media bar below to hear Denzel Washington)
Roman J. Israel, Esq., which also stars Colin Farrell, Is now playing in theaters.
Headlined by Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq. centers on a lawyer who has spent his life working on social justice cases. When his partner dies from a heart attack, Israel (Washington) goes to work for a powerful attorney (Colin Farrell) at a high stakes law firm. Working for the common man has been Israel’s calling, and now working cases with the primary target of financial profit understandably disillusions him.
One of the promising factors behind Roman J. Israel, Esq. is Dan Gilroy, the writer/director of Nightcrawler, is behind the camera. With Philadelphia under his belt, Washington knows a thing or two about playing lawyers, and he should easily knock this role out of the park. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Roman J. Israel, Esq. opens nationwide November 3.