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Watch Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington Share The Professional & Personal In Oscar Roundtable

by Courtney
November 8, 2012 2:43 PM
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Actors Roundtable

I always love these conversations.

As they do every year during awards season, The Hollywood Reporter gathered the star names who'll be players when the Academy announces its Oscar nominees next year.

In the in-depth conversation that follows in the video below, Jamie Foxx, Denzel WashingtonMatt DamonRichard Gere, Alan Arkin and John Hawkes talk about a whole lot of interesting things about the craft, their lives as male movie stars, women, family, success and more, including, of course, race.

I'm watching it right now as I type this, but if you need some incentive to watch, here's an excerpt from THR's transcript:

[Denzel] Washington, whose daughter is studying the craft at NYU, says that he emphasizes to her the importance of being multi-talented. "I say: 'You're black, you're a woman, and you're dark-skinned at that. So you have to be a triple/quadruple threat.' I said: 'You gotta learn how to act. You gotta learn how to dance, sing, move onstage,'" the Flight star and two-time Oscar winner explained. "That's the only place, in my humble opinion, you really learn how to act. I said: 'Look at Viola Davis. That's who you want to be. Forget about the little pretty girls; if you're relying on that, when you hit 40, you're out the door. You better have some chops.'"

And also, interestingly, when asked about if there are any movies they've done that they regret doing, while all the other actors don't say, Jamie Foxx was free with his revelation that Booty Call is a film he regrets doing.

Denzel also talks about Nelson Mandela coming over to his house and asking Denzel's wife to fry him some chicken!

He also talks the big 'O' word - obligation.

But there are several other nuggets that are dropped during the conversation.

It's over an hour long, which is great! Set time aside to watch and listen:

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  • jingmei | November 8, 2012 9:12 PMReply

    Thanks, I love them too.

  • jingmei | November 8, 2012 9:39 PM

    it becomes more cozy, like sitting in a bar chatting instead of in a meeting room. ;) besides mr. John Hawkes I also want to watch mr. Phillip Seymor-Hoffman talking.

  • mantan | November 8, 2012 4:42 PMReply

    i cry fowl at jamie foxx saying he regrets "bootycall", that movie is a f8cking classic!!! if there's any movie that he should be regretting it's "held up" or "bait" b/c both of those movies are whack! at least "bootycall" was funny.

    i like the advice that denzel gave to his daughter, i like the fact that he keepts it real.

  • Jaysmack | November 10, 2012 1:54 PM

    I think you're some white person trolling. "Mantan" was the name ofa minstrel-character. And to praise Bootycall tells us you adore "whack" movies. Bootycall was a horrifying film and Foxx is right to be ashamed of it. It was a disgrace and so was he for making it.
    I think whites like you are terrified when a black actor says he regrets the coon movies they have to make, especially when they're just getting into the business. What if Foxx's statement encourages other black actors to turn down such quality work as "Phat Beach?"
    Who will make you laugh then?
    Now move on and stop trolling.

  • slb | November 8, 2012 10:31 PM

    Mantan: That's what I said! "Bootycall "was actually decent. He has much WORSE movies on his resume.

  • Dankwa Brooks | November 8, 2012 4:35 PMReply

    Thanks Courtney. I too love this type of discussions even though I have NO INTEREST in acting myself mostly because I have so much respect for the craft.

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