Having worked steadily in Hollywood as an actress for the last 20 years, Taraji P. Henson has taken the next step in her career: producing. Proud Mary is the story of a hired gun for a Boston mob family who reaches a turning point in her life when one of her hits goes awry. As a producer, she wanted a woman in the title role who could be strong, heroic, and a bit badass. As an actor, she knew the role was perfect for her. Put those two things together, and Henson sees this role — and this movie — as not only very important, but very personal to her, as well.
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.
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.
In the last several years, as superhero movies have become more dependent on special effects than story, the genre hasn’t generated many films that have been both fan- and critic-friendly. This, however, may be the summer that reverses that trend. Wonder Woman, of course, has been both a huge hit (nearly $350 million to date in the U.S., over $700 million worldwide) and well received by critics. Now comes Spider-Man: Homecoming. Though it’s too early to tell what its financial future will be, it’s got a Metacritic score of 73 (by comparison, “Wonder Woman” had a 76) and a 93% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so that certainly bodes well for its chances. Robert Downey Jr., who appears in the film as Tony Stark (and his alter ego, Iron Man), says the critics are right: Spider-Man: Homecoming is the movie that’s going to revitalize the Spider-Man franchise.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters this Friday.