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Surprisingly, Denzel Washington Is America's Top Choice To Play Jesus In Vanity Fair/60 Minutes Poll

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 31, 2012 at 7:14PM

Interesting, and definitely worth sharing...
Denzel Jesus

Interesting, and definitely worth sharing...

In the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine, there's the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll (subtitled Lust For Life), which asks readers a series of random questions, like: which holiday movie is most overplayed on TV (A Christmas Story was #1), do you have a public library card (55% said they do), what is Kwanzaa (60% got it right), and finally, if you were directing a new film version of the New Testament, which actor would you cast to play Jesus... there are 8 other questions.

Surprisingly, in response to that last question about what actor you'd cast to play Jesus, the majority vote, 21%, chose Denzel Washington! Who did he beat out? Daniel Day-Lewis (14%), Al Pacino (13%), Rya Gosling (11%), Woody Allen (10%), Philip Seymour Hoffman (3%), and finally, none of them (15%).

If anything, I would've expected Daniel Day-Lewis would be #1 by far! Even Ryan Gosling; but I definitely wouldn't have guessed that Denzel Washington would win the contest - certainly not one that Vanity Fair had anything to do with, given that its readership is predominantly Caucasian. 

Then again, Denzel is one of those non-white actors who has "transcended race." It still surprises me though.

Take a look at the rest of the poll results HERE.

h/t Movieline for the link.

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