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Denzel Washington Says He Paved The Way For Jamie Foxx And Forest Whitaker

In a recent interview with The Obeserver, Denzel Washington talks about how his two Oscars accolades during his career may have impacted the Academy Awards and made them more aware of what other African-American actors are doing in the field.

“You have to have a part to play, first, that’s the bottom line. You don’t get nominated unless you have a great role to play and you interpret the role well. So maybe it shifted voters’ attention to what certain African-Americans were doing. What Jamie Foxx did in Ray was phenomenal, it couldn’t be denied.”

The A-list actor goes on to say:

“I think Forest winning was a bit more of a surprise. Jamie was almost a phenomenon – he was Ray. The fact that I’d won a couple of years earlier, maybe that did help for white voters to say, ‘Hey, look at Jamie Foxx over here,’ when they may not have prior to that.”

Thereafter, the Safe House star admits that he hardly likes any of the scripts that he receives, because they don’t make sense to him.

“Nine times out of nine the script is not there, to my liking. And I’m a logic monster. If things don’t make sense, I gotta make sense out of them, and then you get into the process.”

Denzel Washington’s latest movie Safe House is now playing in theaters.

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