Denzel Washington reveals the big change that happened on practice day

By Dan Lawrence | Posted

Director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington have each cemented incredible legacies in modern cinema over the past two decades. Their cinematic relationship began in the hit movie training day, for which Washington received an Oscar for his portrayal of LAPD narcotics officer Alonzo and the film kickstarted Fuqua’s film career. Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington are now film veterans and the director’s success dates back to training day being such a hit, but Washington revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that he thinks a big shift has taken place in the script of training daynamely the skin color of the character he ended up playing.

“I don’t think it was written for a black person. It was more like a plaid shirt [wearing] guys with beer bottles on their backs,” Washington says. “Antoine is the one who brought the gangster in there.” training day, Denzel Washington shines as Alonzo, a longtime undercover agent in charge of inner-city crime investigations. Along the ride is Ethan Hawke as Jake Hoyt, taken under Alonzo’s wing on his first day on the job. Hoyt testifies to Alonzo’s questionable ethics and is the channel for the public to decipher whether Alonzo’s actions are justifiable. Needless to say, but without Washington, the film wouldn’t have been the success it was and viewers would likely have been deprived of the many projects he and Fuqua worked on afterwards. Training day.

Antoine Fuqua’s journey to teaming up with Denzel Washington began when he transitioned from an ambitious sports career to film school in New York. The former Pittsburgh native then had a prolific streak in the mid-’90s making music videos for artists such as Prince on his signature track. The most beautiful girl in the world, before releasing his first feature film, The replacement killers in 1998. Washington recalls that it was The replacement killers it served as a catalyst for working with Fuqua; “Hey, this kid can shoot. If he can shoot and I can play, I thought that would be a good combination. Washington’s film career began a decade before Fuqua’s, making his major film debut in the 1981 comedy. carbon copy. At the other end of the decade, the world took notice of Washington’s acting prowess thanks to his Oscar-winning performance as runaway slave Tripp in the Civil War drama. Glory.

After Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua joined forces on training day with great success, they continued to create films together. The duo’s legacy includes films such as The equalizer (which spawned a sequel and the pair are working on a third installment) and The Magnificent Seven, a remake of John Sturges’ iconic 1960 western starring Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Yul Brynner and Eli Wallach. Separately, the pair have also been prolific. Denzel Washington’s latest project was Macbeth’s Tragedy, which saw him play the lead role in writer/director Joel Coen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play. Antoine Fuqua directed a single episode of Amazon Prime The list of terminals with Chris Pratt and also worked on the documentary Legacy: The True History of the LA Lakers, which will premiere on Hulu on August 15.

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