Denzel Washington’s Hollywood fortunes changed in 1982, when he was cast as a regular on the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere. Since then, he’s gone on to make dozens of movies, winning a pair of Academy Awards along the way. But while St. Elsewhere might have changed his career trajectory, Washington told us the most transformative moment of his career actually came a year before that, when he met one of his acting idols.
Washington’s latest movie, The Equalizer 2, is in theaters now.