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.