Denzel Washington's Ministry of Movies

The star tells us how he studies the Bible daily, prays every morning and night, and sees his films as a form of preaching.

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A good story is a good story. And this was a good one. It was one that moved me when I read it. It's sort of like "the little train that could," the "David against Goliath." It was just a positive and inspiring story that Oprah Winfrey's company [Harpo Films] had bought. They believed in it long before I got involved in it. And when I read it, I was equally moved and decided to do it--to direct it, and act in it.

In the movie, while arguing with the theologian Dr. Farmer, your character says, "Jesus was a radical." Is that a statement that you agree with?

In a way, Jesus was a radical. The character's point being that he came in, cleaned out the temple.

What role does Jesus play in your own life?

I was raised in the church. My father was a minister for 60 years. And I've been a member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ for, now, about 27 years, since I've been out here in Los Angeles.

I open the film with a prayer and end it with praise. The spiritual aspects of the film weren't even necessarily in the screenplay. But I added those. It was my desire to start the film with a prayer.

Why was it so important to put spirituality in it?


Because spirituality is important in every aspect of my life. I mean, that's why I'm here. That's what I've been blessed to do.

'My Work Is My Ministry'

When I was about 20 years old, when I first started acting, I was sitting in my mother's beauty shop. And a woman just kept looking at me. I was looking in the mirror, and I saw her across the room. And she said, "Someone give me a piece of paper." And she wrote down a prophecy. She said that I would speak to millions of people, and I would travel the world and preach to millions of people. And I didn't know what she was talking about. But this was March 27th, 1975, 32 years ago now, almost 33 years ago.

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