Denzel Washington turns 60 today, and in his lifetime he’s played a lot of badasses. From Jake Shuttlesworth in He Got Game to Det. Alonzo Harris in Training Day, his characters have had a rough-and-tumble in history that’s given the Washington a reputation for being one of the grizzliest actors in the game. However, alongside that, he’s also been stacking his filmography with roles that’ve required of him inspiring speeches, self-sacrifice, and subtle sweetness, the kinds of roles that’ve essentially made him a kind of Hollywood father figure.
Teachers are without a doubt the most important people in the world. They fill our heads with knowledge and put up with us when hormones turn us into literally the worst people imaginable. As graduation season is here, and folks get ready to leave their educators behind, we’d like to pause for a moment and recognize the individuals who tried to teach us about Shakespeare while we were busy sticking carrot sticks up our noses. Sadly we didn’t all attend the same school and share the same terrific tutors, so we’re going to shout out the most inspirational teachers from across the pop culture spectrum!
The 86th Academy Awards marked a historic night for black filmmakers at the Oscars. It’s the first time a black film — 12 Years a Slave — won best picture; the Academy’s most prestigious award.
Happy birthday, Denzel Washington! With one of Hollywood’s most esteemed actors turning 59 today, we’re taking a trip down memory lane and mining through some of our beloved roles. And as we started to watch those performances, we noticed something a tad bit curious.
By Lauren Thompson
Denzel Washington is known for his intense, emotional, Academy Award winning roles in films like Glory, and Training Day and last year’s nominated Flight. But in this weekend’s 2 Guns, you might be surprised to see him cracking jokes opposite Mark Wahlberg. Does he have a comedic talent that’s been untapped until now? VH1 asked him what he thought about audience reaction to his funny side at last night’s red carpet for the movie.
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Ain’t nobody smoother than Denzel Washington! The 58-year-old actor and two-time Academy Award winner is making his umpteenth (we counted!) trip to the Oscars this weekend, where he’s nominated for Best Actor for his harrowing work in Flight. What better time, we thought, to take a look at Denzel’s dapper duds over the years?
The nominations for the 2013 Oscars were announced bright and early this morning, and that brings with it another time-honored tradition: The Oscar betting pool! It’s the time of the year when suddenly everyone is a regular Siskel and Ebert, passionately weighing in on a bunch of films that we (probably) haven’t seen, guessing who’s going to take home the little gold bald dude. Normally we just bet on the thespian who has won the most accolades in the past, but this year it gets a little more tricky: ALL of the Best Supporting Actors have won Oscars before! The track record is fairly similar in the Best Leading Actor category too, with Academy honored legends like Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington and Joaquin Phoenix going head to head. Ahh, clash of the Titans! What are we going to do!?
Well, never fear, folks, because we’ve taken the time to handicap all of the actors for you, in basically the least-expert way possible. We went through their cinematic performances broken down into all the pros and cons that you need to make an informed decision for your Oscar night scorecard. Don’t worry, we’ve got one for the actresses too! Read on…
Daniel Day-Lewis: Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln
Why He Has A Good Shot: Not only did the master craftsman give the performance of his career by bringing back the controversial president, but he also grew his own beard, you guys.
What Might Hold Him Back: The Academy forgets that his last name has a hyphen, accidentally awards an Oscar to a “Daniel Day Lewis.”
Bradley Cooper: Pat Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook
Why He Has A Good Shot: Brad really showed that he was much more than a pretty face/funny guy in David O. Russell’s alt- dramedy.
What Might Hold Him Back: People are still pissed at him for beating out Ryan Gosling as People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive back in 2011.
Today Abraham Lincoln gets reborn on the silver screen as you’ve never seen him before in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! We’re pretty pumped to watch Honest Abe kick Dracula’s ass, but those blood sucking fiends aren’t the scariest part of the movie. It’s downright eerie how much star Benjamin Walker resembles the 12th POTUS! Those steely eyes, the bushy brows, the Amish beard…it’s all there!
Countless icons of the past have been popping up in Hollywood lately. Lindsay Lohan has been working overtime to bring Elizabeth Taylor back to life in Liz & Dick, while Ashton Kutcher is taking a more zen approach to his role in the Steve Jobs biopic. Andre 3000 is a dead ringer for the dead guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, and Julianne Moore could practically be Sarah Palin’s twin. If you put those two in a room with Tina Fey, we’d be totally screwed. Hell, even Benjamin Walker has some competition for Lincoln look-alike with Daniel Day Lewis also taking on the role!
For your viewing pleasure, we’ve assembled the 20 most scarily accurate celebrity portrayals of historical figures. Some rely on insane prosthetic and makeup, like Anthony Hopkins taking on the great Alfred Hitchcock. Others like Jared Leto and Charlize Theron just do totally nutty things to their body. And some, like Denzel Washington as Malcolm X, are just born with it. But no matter how they got there, the end result is always unforgettable. Take a look in the gallery below!
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Denzel Washington, you already have two Oscars. What are you doing getting waterboarded for your new movie Safe House? Don’t you know that’s what stunt people are for? “I wanted to see what it would be like,” Denzel told New York mag about consenting to the grueling feat. “It’s strange. You can’t breathe in, because the water comes in, and it’s filling up your mouth. And that was just one time for a short time. Imagine having that done for 20, 30 seconds? You will give up the answers! You may not necessarily tell the truth, but you will tell [your captors] whatever they want to hear.” We want to confess to our captors right now just reading about this, and we aren’t even being waterboarded. Or have captors!
Revealed the film’s director, Daniel Espinosa, “I went up to Denzel and told him, ‘Time to go, now is the moment where the stunt guy kicks in,’ and he looked at me and he said, ‘Let’s go.’ ‘Are you sure?’ ‘I’m sure.’ And I was terrified, but I let him go and I had to watch him do it.” As if having your mouth filled with water while Ryan Reynolds eats snacks at the craft services table wasn’t terrifying enough, it was Terminator 2 star/homicidal cyborg Robert Patrick doing the waterboarding. “Now, some of the guys we got, the Taliban guys, they only hung in there for eighteen seconds,” Patrick explained. “Denzel lasted five; that’s pretty damn good.” Yeah, “good” isn’t exactly the word we would use. “Insane,” maybe? “”Awesome”…definitely.
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