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Denzel Washington's 2002 Playboy Interview is a Still-Relevant Exploration of Race in Hollywood
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Denzel Washington’s 2002 Playboy Interview is a Still-Relevant Exploration of Race in Hollywood

Denzel Washington is high and dry a mile off the coast of Islamorada, an island in the Florida Keys. Relaxing with his family, the actor drinks wine as his boat peacefully awaits the tide that will lift it off its current resting place – a sandbar. Washington is in no rush. To hear him talk about it, he’s relishing an extremely rare occasion on the sandbar: He’s not working. Over the past 20 years, he has taken almost no time off from a schedule that has produced more than 30 movies. Nominated five times for Oscars, Washington has starred in numerous critical hits, including Glory, The Hurricane, Malcolm X and Philadelphia. This long weekend – a break from his current movie filming in Miami – is an unusual chance to unwind. This year he won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as a crooked cop in Training Day, becoming the first black actor to win since Sidney Poitier took the 1963 award for Lillies of the Field. Now Washington has vaulted to the ranks of Hollywood’s best-paid…

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