Silver fox Denzel Washington (who will always be “DENZELLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!” to Tom, since one of his first film jobs consisted of holding a sign up on the street, telling all the screaming ladies gathered outside the shooting location that they were going to have to be quiet because cameras are rolling) gets the cover to GQ, and it has to be said…
Denzel Washington covers the October 2012 issue of GQ magazine photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg.
The man can rock a double-breasted jacket like no other.
He also gives good sound bite:
Is it true your first professional on-camera work was a Fruit of the Loom commercial?
I remember something to do with Fruit of the Loom, but I don’t think I got that. I did a Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks. And I did a Burger King with Jeff Daniels. Or was it Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks with Jeff Daniels? That was ’77.
What is the first movie that you recall?
King Kong. The Wizard of Oz was a big one. I remember Caged, these women in prison. I liked that one. But I wasn’t a movie buff. Never thought about the movies. When I was in my teens, it was movies like Shaft or Superfly. I wanted to be like those guys. But I never thought about being an actor, ever. I wanted to be Jim Brown or Gale Sayers, not Sidney Poitier. When I started acting, there weren’t any big black movie stars. There was a little Billy Dee Williams and some Richard Pryor. That was it.
If you had one thing to say to African-American readers of GQ, what would you say?
Take responsibility. One of the things that saddens me the most about my people is fathers that don’t take care of their sons and daughters. And you can’t blame that on The Man or getting frisked. Take responsibility. Look in the mirror and say, “What can I do better?” There is opportunity; you can make it. Whatever it is that you choose, be the best at it. You have an African-American president. You can do it. But take responsibility. Put your slippers way under your bed so when you get up in the morning, you have to get on your knees to find them. And while you’re down there, start your day with prayer. Ask for wisdom. Ask for understanding. I’m not telling you what religion to be, but work on your spirit. You know, mind, body, and spirit. Imagine—work the brain muscle. Keep the body in tune—it’s your temple. All things in moderation. Continue to search. That’s the best part of life for me—continue to try to be the best man.
Suit, $1,695 Boss. Shirt, $325 by Lorenzini. Tie, $230 by Brunello Cucinelli. Tie bar by The Tie Bar. Pocket square by Turnbull & Asser.
Suit, $2,790 by Salvatore Ferragamo. Shirt, $228 by Phineas Cole by Paul Stuart. Shoes, $1,350 by Ralph Lauren. Pocket squareby Brunello Cucinelli.
[Photo Credit: Nathaniel Goldberg for gq.com]