Transcript for Denzel Washington Takes Broadway by Storm in Raisin in the Sun
Are you ready for this? Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, one of the most powerful actors on screen and stage. His last time on Broadway, took home a Tony. Now anticipation is high as he prepares to open in a classic drama. I got to talk to him about that and a whole lot more. The buzz on Broadway? Denzel is back. Starring in a revival of "A raisin in the sun. A man says I got to change my life, I'm choking to death. A woman says, your eggs are getting cold. Reporter: You said it was a way for an actor to sharpen your instrument. That's the foundation to me. It's alive. It's a living thing. You get an energy from the people. Reporter: Originally produced in 1959, "A raise fn the sun" is set on the south side of Chicago. Walter, eat your eggs, they're going the get cold. Reporter: Washington's character, Walter, is an aspiring entrepreneur, struggling with the limited opportunities for african-americans in the work force. Walter lee Unger. Tell me about him. He's a driver. He's taking his boss to places that other african-americans or "Colored" people didn't get to see if those days. East got taste of it but is not a part of it. Reporter: It with us the first play written by an african-american woman to be on Broadway and on the big screen. I'm 35 years old. I'm married 11 years. And I got a boy that has to sleep in the living room because I got nothing. Reporter: He admits he has big shoes to fill, as he stars in the role made famous by the legendary Sidney Poitier. I spent time with him in the last couple of month. I've been stopping by his house. He's a character. A sweet man. A gentleman. He got up, he couldn't remember the lines. I had my iPhone. I said,ky tape you a little bit. He was like, yeah, sure. I got footage of him going back in time. Reporter: Denzel is not the only talented Washington in H house hold. He and his wife inspired their four children to dplooers the arts. They are film buffs. Real movie people. They all just found their way there on their own. We didn't push anybody in the business. Two are behind the camera. Two are in front of it. Mall Kol. A young film maker. John David first played NFL, football, first thing he reads for, I knew he was naturally gifted ablgter. He just had it. And so he -- is starring in an HBO series with the rock. Reporter: As he gears up for opening night, he shared his hopes for the play. No matter how much you think you know, you can go in the theater and learn and enjoy and respect and just have a great night. There is something special about the theater. And, my mother met lorrainehansbury, knew her, went to college with her sister, mamie, at Howard. I loved watching you when the picture popped up. Opening night is April 3rd. The same theatre where the original play was performed. That is magic.
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