The 67-year-old actor has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the titular character in Joel Coen‘s film ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ and believes that his lack of information about Shakespeare’s play was a “blessing in disguise”.
Denzel advised the BBC: “(I’d) by no means learn Macbeth and by no means seen Macbeth, which was I feel a blessing in disguise.
“I picked up one of many movies, checked out about two minutes of it and turned it off. Didn’t need to be affected by what I noticed.”
The ‘Training Day’ star performs the lead reverse Frances McDormand within the film and thinks it was a “sensible thought” from Coen to forged older actors in the principle roles.
Denzel mentioned: “This is it, that is our final probability.
“In the 1600s (when the play was first printed), life expectancy might need been 40 or 50. So 60 is just like the previous 40.”
Washington additionally defined that the forged and crew needed to “dig deep” to grasp the Shakespearean English for the sake of the challenge.
He mentioned: “There’s no ad-libbing with Shakespeare. You cannot simply (shout), ‘King Kong ain’t acquired (nothing) on me!’ I simply threw that in (throughout ‘Training Day’).
“You have to satisfy William Shakespeare, you need to come as much as his stage, all of us did – Joel, Fran, me, everybody.
“He’s the usual, so I feel once you strategy it like that with correct humility and willpower and arduous work, then it’s fulfilling.”
Denzel started his performing profession in theatre and urges budding actors to observe in his footsteps.
The two-time Oscar winner mentioned: “You learn to act on stage, not in films. That’s what I inform younger actors now, get on the stage. Movies are a director’s medium, theatre is an actor’s medium. Once the curtain goes up, it belongs to actors.”
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