Denzel Washington is one of the most gifted actors of our time and brings a force of character to his roles like no one else in Hollywood. He brought to life several now-iconic characters like Private Trip (Glory), Joe Miller (Philadelphia), Detective Alonzo Harris (Judgment Day), Detective Keith Frazier (Inside Man), and Frank Lucas (American Gangster).
He’s the son of a Pentecostal minister, a husband, a father of four, and a devout Christian (which is difficult to manage in any entertainment field). Despite being in Hollywood for decades, the film industry has not destroyed his family, his faith, or his integrity as it has so many others. That’s strength of character to be respected and emulated.
Why DW? Why not Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, or Leonardo DiCaprio? Denzel is eloquent. Tom Hanks is certainly eloquent as is Matt Damon (not sure about DiCaprio only because I haven’t seen a speech or address of his that wasn’t in a movie, though he certainly seems capable). But Denzel is eloquent in a way that not only alludes to an active mind and strong intellect, but where Denzel sets himself apart is that presence of person that commands respect. "Kingly" is the best way I can describe it. Neither Hanks nor Damon have that quality to their eloquence.