Friday Flix: Denzel Washington Swings For The “Fences”


— IN TODAY’S FRIDAY FLICKS ACADEMY AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR DENZEL WASHINGTON WEARS THREE HATS IN THE NEW MOVIE FENCES OPENING CHRISTMAS DAY. HE’S THE STAR, PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR OF THE EMOTIONAL STORY ADAPTED FROM THE TONY AWARD WINNING BROADWAY PLAY. LISA PETRILLO SAT DOWN WITH SOME OF THE CAST OF THE FILM WHICH IS ALREADY GETTING OSCAR BUZZ. I WANT HIM TO HELP ME WITH THIS FENCE. HE GOT RECRUITED BY A COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM. IT AIN’T GOING TO GET HIM NOWHERE. Reporter: IT’S SET IN THE MID-1940s. HE’S A SANITATION WICKER WHO ONCE DREAMED OF A BASEBALL CAREER BUTTON FORTUNATELY FOR HIM WAS TOO OLD. HE TRIED TO BE A GOOD FATHER BUT HIS LOST DREAM AT GLORY LOWE’S HIM A BITTER PLAN. DENZEL WASHINGTON PLAYS TROY AND PRODUCES AND DIRECTS THE FILM. ATE RECENT PREPEER OF THE FILM DENZEL PLAYED THE PART ON BROADWAY BACK IN 2010 SAID HE’S ALWAYS BLOWN AWAY BY THE WRITING. HE WROTE A GREAT, NOT PERFECT, PLAY. MENTS NOT EASY FOR ME TO ADMIT THAT I’VE BEEN STANDING IN THE SAME PLACE FOR 18 YEARS. I’VE BEEN STANDING WITH YOU. I GOT A LIFE, TOO. DON’T YOU THINK I HAD DREAMS AND HOPES. Reporter: THIS FEATURES VIOLA DAVIS AS ROSE A HOUSEWIFE STRUGGLING WITH HER HUSBAND’S HEART BREAK FORCING TO REPRESS HER OWN. SHE PLAYED THE ROLE ON BRADWAY WITH DENZEL. THE SON SEEKS HIS FATHER’S ELUSIVE APPROVAL. HOW COME YOU AIN’T NEVER LIKED ME. WHAT LAW IS THERE TO SAY I GOT TO LIKE YOU? HE LOOKED LIKE IT. I’M SURE FOR A YOUNG DENZEL, INTIMIDATING, EXCITING, EVERYTHING TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT BEING ON THAT FIRST DAY OF THE SET WITH HIM. ALL OTHER ABOVE. IT WAS DEFINITELY A NERVE WRACKING EXPERIENCE. IT WAS ONE THAT A KNEW WAS GOING TO BE IN CRED ABLE REWARDING. GETTING AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH ONE OF MY HEROES AND VIOLA. I WANTED TO USE THIS AS A AMENDMENT TO COME IN AND LEARN. IF HE BE LIKE YOU, HE GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT. Reporter: STEVE SENTENCED MCKINLEY HENDERSON PLAYS THE BEST FRIEND WHO SAYS ST. MOVIE’S TITLE FOR WHETHER FENCES KEEP THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE IN OR OUT. ESSENCE OF IT FOR ME IS THE PRECIOUS VALUE OF FAMILY AND THE FACT THAT PARENTS DO THE VERY BEST THEY CAN. SOMETIMES THEY FALL SHORT OF WHAT YOU ASK, BUT THEY ARE INDEED DOING THE BEST THEY CAN AS THEY HAVE INHERITED THE THINGS THAT THEY COME WITH. I TOLD HIM IF HE WASN’T MAN KIND AND MOVE OUT THE WAY SO MAN KIND COULD FIND ME. THAT’S WHAT SEE TOLD ME. YOU’RE IN MY WAY YOU’RE BLOCK

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