During an “Ask Me Anything” segment on Reddit Thursday, Denzel Washington admitted he once peed his pants
Denzel Washington knows that when you gotta go, you gotta go.
“In life? Probably had something to do with not being able to find a bathroom in time,” he said. “We’ve all been there, you know what I’m talking about. Haha, oh man, and it’s cold outside and that warmth starts … you know what I’m talking about.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Washington admitted that he doesn’t have a favorite line or quote that he’s said in a movie — though his Training Day character’s line “King Kong ain’t got s— on me” was the first to pop into his head.
“That’s not necessarily my favorite line, [but] that’s the line that I hear the most from other people,” Washington wrote.
The line was actually ad-libbed by Washington. “I was developing and ad-libbing the scene as we went along, so we actually shot everybody else as I was working it out,” he said. “[My character’s] whole thing was his ego — and I was getting real stuff from the real gangsters like shoe program and what that meant and all that stuff from the bloods – and from one take I just went off.”
Director Antoine Fuqua seemed happy with the choice. “Antoine [was] like, ‘Man, you know what you just said,’ ” Washington recounted. “I said, ‘Yeah,’ and he said he wanted me to do it again.”
Training Day was on Washington’s mind throughout much of the chat – and he reflected on how much he enjoyed playing Alonzo Harris, whom he described as “the younger me.”
He said that after doing the 2001 film, all he got offered were villain roles — though he doesn’t have a preference as to which he plays. “I like mixing it up,” he said. “Good scripts.”
As for which of his films Washington would suggest watching if someone had never seen one of his films, the actor told readers to start with two: Fences and Man on Fire.
If he weren’t an actor, Washington said he’d likely be working with children. “That’s all I did before,” he said. “I was a counselor for the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. So that was most of the kind of work I was doing from age 13 up until I became an actor.”
Washington ended the chat by reflecting on the best piece of advice he received in life, which came from his mother.
“My mother said, ‘Keep it simple,’ ” Washington explained. “It took me a long time, wading through a lot of stuff, to realize how much of it you don’t need. I don’t even mean material — professionally. Sidney Poitier told me, ‘If they see you for free all week, they won’t pay to see you on the weekend.’ So don’t be everywhere for everybody. This is an age when we think the more you’re seen, the better. In the movie business, that’s not the case. Keep it simple.”
Fences is out Christmas Day.