Denzel Washington’s Covers GQ, Discusses Whitney Houston, His Faith, and More
Denzel Washington talks politics, Whitney Houston, beliefs and more as the cover star of GQ’s October issue.
When you’re the owner of Academy Awards, Golden Globes, a Tony and a smile that makes women blush, it’s not surprising when you’re selected to be on the cover of men’s magazine, GQ. Denzel has proven that he personifies greatness with his years of work and ability to avoid involvement in scandals. He’s managed to stay relevant without an addiction or any real drama, and recently sat down with GQ to showcase what a class act he really is.
On the cover you’ll find Denzel looking dapper in a Giorgio Armani suit and Tom Ford shoes, but on the inside you’ll hear his two cents on this year’s Presidential nominees.
“When I see [Mitt Romney], he’s always uncomfortable. You can see that uncomfortableness. Forget about his being Mormon. He hasn’t said anything about his faith.” He also talked about Obama, “Well, the story’s not told yet. He’s in the beginning of the third quarter. I don’t know what his legacy is yet. He’s the first—that’s a part of it. Like Jackie Robinson. But it just wasn’t the first game; it was lasting the whole thing.”
Another person who came up was his once co-star and friend, Whitney Houston:
“Whitney was my girl, and she had done so well in recovery. And that is the toughest part about addiction. …That was a monster drug that got a hold of her, it was a mean one. You can’t go back to that one. Nobody beats that. I look at people — and I don’t think I’m speaking out of line — Sam Jackson, I’ve known for thirty-some-odd years, he was down at the bottom. And he came all the way back. And when he cleaned up, he never looked back. But he can’t have that beer, because it might lead to the tough thing.”
The two starred in The Preacher’s Wife together and that leads us to the code Washington lives by:
“I read from the Bible every day, and I read my Daily Word. I read something great yesterday. It said, ‘Don’t aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference.”
Washington also discussed being filled with the Holy Spirit:
“That was thirty years ago, at the church I still attend. The minister was preaching, ‘Just let it go.’ I said, I’m going to go with it.’ And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience. It did frighten me. I was slobbering, crying, sweating. My cheeks blew up. I was purging. It was too intense. It almost drove me away. I called my mother, and she said I was being filled with the Holy Spirit. I was like, ‘Does that mean I can never have wine again?”
When the 57 year old actor isn’t shooting cover stories for GQ, you can find him working on his latest and 42nd film with Mark Walhberg in New Orleans called 2 Guns right now.