Denzel Washington thinks this is the best scene on Training Day

Denzel Washington picked what he considers the best scene from Training Day, and it’s a scene he isn’t even involved in. The 2000s film offers one of Denzel’s best performances, and is one of the best thrillers of all time, but one scene in particular received the legendary actor’s highest praise.

Training Day stars Washington as Alonzo Harris, a rogue cop who shows his new partner Jake Hoyt (Ethan Hawke) the ropes. The only problem is that he doesn’t show her how to play good cop, he shows her all the dirty tricks in the book as he turns out to be a corrupt law officer. Harris’s brazen breaking of the law and immense pride ultimately leads to his downfall, as Hoyt’s moral compass leads him to do the right thing and bring Harris down.

During an appearance on CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend podcast, co-star Ethan Hawke revealed that Washington called one specific scene from the gritty drama movie the best of them all, and it’s the one in which he has no go.

The scene in question sees Hawke being pushed into a bathtub with a shotgun to his face after attempting to infiltrate a cartel hideout. It’s an incredibly tense moment, and certainly one of the key factors that earned Hawke an Oscar nomination for the role.

“I remember that day, in particular, Denzel stopped on set and he looked at it for a little while, and he said, ‘Damn it! I’m not in the best scene in this movie,” Hawke recalled.

It’s hard to choose the best scene from a movie that is full of amazing moments. Washington himself has plenty of brilliant scenes in the action movie, and the “King Kong” scene in particular just might take the crown as the best of them all.

For more from Denzel, check out our list of the best Spike Lee movies where the actor appears at least once. And if our mention of King Kong makes you think big, take a look at our list of the best monster movies.

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