Thursday, April 22, 2021

Denzel Washington Not Only Plays Cops in Movies, He’s A Fan: ‘I Have the Utmost Respect for What They do’

*Care to guess how many times Denzel Washington has played a cop in a movie? The answer is 13. And that 13th is in the new film, “The Little Things.” In it, Washington plays a disgraced Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective who finds a chance at redemption when he believes a serial killer he once chased is on another murder spree.

While Washington portrays a cop on screen, in real life he also makes it known he is not a fan of Black Lives Matter protests and calls to “defund the police.” The bottom line is he’s quite sympathetic to law officers and has no problem saying so.

“I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, [people] that sacrifice their lives,” Washington tells Yahoo Entertainment during a recent interview. “I just don’t care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren’t for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do.”

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Denzel Washington in 'The Little Things' (Warner Bros.)
Denzel Washington in The Little Things. (Photo: Warner Bros.)

Washington, 66, says his appreciation for police officers and the like go back to a ride-along he did while preparing to play a cop-turned-district attorney in the 1991 thriller Ricochet.

“I went out on call with a sergeant,” he recalls. “We got a call of a man outside his house with a rifle that was distraught. We pulled up and did a U-turn past the house and came up short of the house. He told me to sit in the car, which I was gonna do. I wasn’t getting out. He got out. As he got out, another car came screaming up and two young people jumped out screaming. As it turned out, it was their grandfather. This policeman defused the entire situation by just remaining calm.

“But it showed me in an instant how they can lose their life. … He didn’t overreact. He could’ve pulled his gun out and shot the people that came up driving real fast. He could’ve shot the old man that was distraught and a bit confused, I think he was suffering a little bit from dementia. But in an instant, it taught me, and I never forgot it, what our law enforcement people have to deal with moment to moment, second to second.”

As far as his next project, Washington notes it will have him BEHIND the camera as takes another turn at directing. The project is “Journal for Jordan” starring Michael B. Jordan. All we know about it at this point is that it’s about a soldier who “makes the ultimate sacrifice.”

“The Little Things” is now in theaters and on HBO Max.



  1. It’s weird that Denzel would speak so highly of law enforcement and so lowly of people who protest police brutality, as if to say all cops are good and all protesters are bad. Probably the only experience he’s had with law enforcement in real life has been good, because he’s Denzel! If he was a no-name Black man he most definitely would have a different experience. Add to that the fact that his most recent move ‘The Little Things’ was with Denzel playing a flawed cop who broke the law, searched a man’s house without a warrant then covered up the man’s murder to protect another cop is ironic. And it confirms there are bully, liar, killer cops on movie screens and in real life.


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