Denzel Washington: ‘Celebrity Is Overrated’

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 21, 2016 Updated: December 21, 2016

Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington said being a celebrity and the obsession with celebrity culture is “overrated.”

“My father worked 50 years for the water department, he was also a minister and he worked three jobs all the time,” Washington told the New York Post during the premiere of his film, “Fences.”

“He made it, he was successful. Celebrity is really overrated—we don’t want anything to do with celebrity. I am an actor,” he added.

Washington won a Tony Award in 2010 for the play of “Fences,” by August Wilson.

“To take this play to the big screen means that it is an opportunity for millions of people to see it instead of thousands,” he said. “Wilson is a genius … it was a privilege, honor and a responsibility to bring his work to film.”

Washington is directing and starring in the film.

few weeks ago, Washington, 61, slammed media outlets for “selling BS.”

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed,” Washington told The Hill while promoting his film. “In our society, now it’s just first—who cares, get it out there. We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who we destroy. We don’t care if it’s true,” Washington added.

“Just say it, sell it. Anything you practice you’ll get good at—including BS.”