During a recent Academy Awards-themed roundtable hosted by The Hollywood Reporter, Denzel Washington was asked about his “first and worst job.”
He talked about being a garbage man and a post office employee. Then he ridiculed the idea that filmmaking is “difficult,” calling it a “gift” and luxury” compared to people who have to send loved ones into combat.
I was a garbage man, like Troy [his character in Fences]. You get eight hours' worth of work, but you can do it in three. So you can go home as soon as you finish. Post office, you get three hours of work and you make it last eight. I did both. I liked being a garbage man better. But they weren't bad jobs. People say, ‘Oh the difficulty of making a movie.’ I say, ‘Send your son to Iraq. That’s difficult.' It’s just a movie. It’s like, relax. I don’t play that precious nonsense. Get outta here. Your son got shot in the face? That’s difficult. Making a movie is a luxury. It’s a gift. It’s an opportunity and most importantly it’s a gift. Obviously everybody here is talented enough to do that. But don’t get it twisted.