Denzel Washington for GQ Magazine

Posted on September 19, 2012

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.




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  • ojosazules


    • lovelyivy

      That’s about all the reaction I’m capable of. That and fanning myself.

      • Le_Sigh

        Yes gurl – he is so damn fine.

  • moppet

    Sharp as a tack, this guy. 

  • Griffinqueen

    Mercy, mercy me.
    I have dearly loved him since he rocked a fedora and a wife-beater in “Devil in a Blue Dress”. 

    • EiEiOh

      I have dearly loved him since he rocked a white lab coat as Dr. Philip Chandler!

    • quiltrx

      Ah, I’m a ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’ gal, too. :)

    • SpillinTea

      Yesss!! With all his talk about “hittin my spot!” :)

  • Cindi Williams

    He’s in the Connery school of “looks good no matter what age”. Great advice, too, even if it’s a little trite.

    • marlie

       I’d place Clooney on that list too. He’s gotten MORE handsome as he’s gotten older.

    • Sarah

      I’m with you, but have you seen Connery lately? He’s over into “leave the guy alone, he’s a senior citizen” territory now.

      • EiEiOh

        Saw Connery at the US Open and I honestly didn’t recognize him until I was told who he was.  He didn’t look bad per se, just not very Connery-esque. 

      • halleygee

        Really? I haven’t seen him but now I don’t want to because I always thought he’d be hot no matter what age. Guess everyone has an expiration date! For me Denzel still looks good but I can’t get past that his hair looks, um, not real.

    • lovelyivy

       Eh, it’s more Bill Cosby style rich man tells the poors how to live BS. Not impressed with his advice. He could still get it though.

      • TheOriginalLulu

        I suppose that’s one way of looking at it.
        Another way is, Hey this guy really made something of himself; maybe he has some sound advice for someone like me.
        Personally, I think “take responsibility” and “try to be the best you can” sounds like some pretty solid words of wisdom.  

        • lovelyivy

           Wisdom, maybe; actual actionable advice, no. His statement sounds to me more like the continuing tendency in America to see poverty as immoral. Poverty is the cause of the dysfunction, not the end result. Giving people advice that amounts to ‘try harder’ is not helpful, it’s condescending bs.

      • Sartorial_She

        I’m genuinely intrigued by your interpretation of his comments. What, specifically, gave you that impression (“…rich man tells the poors how to live BS.”)?

        He doesn’t say that to be a good parent you need to feed your kids organic food, send them to private school, or keep them safe in a Volvo. His advice–whether you agree with it or not–seems to me to be fairly disassociated with wealth and privilege.

        So what struck you the wrong way? I’m truly curious–not trying to be confrontational.

        • Judih1

          I agree – his advice had nothing to do with wealth or privledge. And I liked that he didn’t specify a religion – not Christian, not scientology, Muslim etc.

          • lovelyivy

             Looking to religion to make you a better person- ok fine maybe that can work for some people. Personally, I haven’t seen it work, since a lot of the religious people I know are judgmental slobs trying to make ends meet just like everybody else. This observation holds whether they worship Jesus, Allah Yahweh or Buddha.

            Worship might make you feel better about yourself, but it won’t make you rich, and it won’t help you get a job.

        • lovelyivy

           I’ll post the same as I said above- this is not actual actionable advice. It’s not ‘tap into your network of friends to look for new opportunities for jobs’. It’s not ‘ask people who are doing the things you want to do with your life how they got to where they are and ask them to mentor you’. It’s essentially ‘just try really really hard and click your heels together and wish upon a star that the big white Jesus in the sky will make you a better person and then maybe you will magically become virtuous enough that you too can be rich’.

          Poverty is not a moral condition, it’s economics. Jesus will not help. The poorest people I know spend more time on their knees than anybody else I’ve ever met. It does not help them get a job.

          • TheOriginalLulu

            But complaining and blaming The Man doesn’t help them get a job either.
            I’m not even religious and I get that what he’s trying to say is that whatever faith you believe in, ask for strength every day. He isn’t saying that Jesus is going to get you a job, lol. It’s very easy to distort people’s words.

        • olsonam

          I know this is two days ago but I’m catching up on one of my favorite blogs after moving.  I also read the comments like lovelyivy, which is that it’s a rich guy being a little condescending.  There’s plenty of information linking poor parenting and low socioeconomic status, and that raising your socioeconomic status is getting harder.  A few years ago the NYT had a great article about how when a factory shuts down and the neighborhood unemployment rate rises dramatically, you can see the neighborhoods and families just fall apart.  I tried to find it but my google-fu is failing me. :)  Also, in this election season, “responsibility” has certain connotations and ideas that maybe it wouldn’t ordinarily have.

      • alyce1213

        “…tells the poor how to live BS” ??  The poor????
        Where do you see that? 

        I can be cynical, but that’s just whack.

        • barbiefish

          Exactly — how many poor guys are reading GQ?

        • lovelyivy

          Pardon my flippancy. I was not aware that I was being graded on my one sentence comment on TLo. My point remains. Being religious doesn’t help you get a job. Telling people to essentially just try harder and wish upon a star is not actionable advice. It’s dumb advice- for the rich and the poor alike.

      • Vera

        I have no problem with his advice.

        • lovelyivy

           That’s nice.

      • Alloy Jane

        Deadbeat dads are not specific to “poor” people.  How on earth did you get there?  Because he referenced “the Man” and “getting frisked”?  Yeah, because that only happens to poor black men.  That neeeever happens to your regular middle class guy going to his middle class neighborhood for no reason whatsoever.  “Take responsibility”  is not subversive advice.

        • lovelyivy

          I didn’t say it was subversive, I said that I don’t think his advice was great, because it’s not. It’s a moral judgement of struggling and/or poor people that gives no actual actionable advice other than try harder, and love Jesus. It’s shallow and condescending at best.

      • SassieCassy

        i am super late to this conversation but i will say this – that quote reminded me a lot of what will smith said on oprah after pres. obama first got elected. he said now black communities cant blame anyone else (by extension any institutions or socioeconomic issues) for their troubles, because a black man made it to the white house.

        it can come across as a super out of touch way of thinking and really condescending to many different people, including different races and different classes. im not saying thats what denzel meant, but it stinks of that mentality.

    • Elaine Lang

       Ever since he said (and later reaffirmed) that he believes that some women need to be hit, Connery has been one of the ugliest actors in the world to me.   Nothing physical can make up for that for me, sadly.

      • SassieCassy

        YES OMG

        I thought i was the only one who was so disgusted by that. and by sean penn. and by jeremy irons. and roman polanski and charlie sheen. and all the other awful people who dont get called out for being awful.

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Your post says it all, and Mr. Washington is refreshingly mature and wise.  What an excellent midday inspiration!

  • Reneesance

    Why is it some hotties just get super smokin’ the older they get?  I need a drink of ice water. 

    • MoHub

       Because men are allowed to age normally.

      • Judih1

        good point. if only women could age normally, what a different world it would be

  • ecallaw1977

    Wow, wow, wow.  Double-breasted suits are on my “absolutely with no exception despise” list, and I looked at this picture and how good he looks and I didn’t even notice it was double-breasted until I started reading.  If only Prince William looked like this in a double-breasted suit!

  • marlie

    Thank you so much for this. Denzel will always and forever be one of the handsomest, sexiest, most charming celebrities out there. 

  • Deitra S.

    Sweet Jesus, that isn’t even fair!  That man’s never going look anything but good.

  • sashaychante

    Denzel just commands respect, and he’s so handsome to top it off. 

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Amen.  He’s a star — whatever that undefinable quality is that stars have, he has it in abundance.  You cannot not look at him, cannot not be interested in him.  It’s not just looks, because there are plenty of handsome guys who aren’t stars.  He has, to go back several decades, IT.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Wow, he looks fantastic. Dang. Too bad I’ve heard too many stories about how nasty he can be.

    TLo, I don’t know how much control you have over your ads, but video ads keep auto playing on your site and not all of them have a pause button. I can turn down the sound but it’s really annoying, especially if I don’t remember and get blasted before I can hit the mute button.

    • ccinnc

       If you’re on Mozilla, I recommend adblock. There are no ads on my screen.

      And I also have heard about Denzell’s nastiness IRL.

  • formerlyAnon

    Lookin’ good! (Sounding like everybody’s momma, and there’s nothing wrong with that.)

    But if Denzeelll! is a silver fox, I really AM older than I feel, aren’t I??

  • kckris

    if he were my dentist, i’d go more often for cleanings…like weekly

    • Wellworn

      He could clean my teeth right down to the gums.  Hee hee.

  • j_anson

    That’s really interesting. He does not come off in interviews at all like I would have guessed/assumed. 

    Also, hot.

  • Donna Lynn

    There are very few celebrities I would have any interest in meeting…really meeting, as in having a few minutes to actually chat and not just faint at their feet while they’re signing their name to some part of my anatomy… because celebrity status by itself just doesn’t do it for me. But for those rare celebrities who come across as not only as hot as all get out, which Denzel definitely qualifies, but who also appear to be intelligently, genuinely thoughtful about life, those are the famous folks I’d stand in line for a chance to meet them in person. Of course, given Denzel’s exquisite hotness, I’d probably only manage to faint at his feet anyway…

    • Sarah

      Yeah, good looking can be anyone. Good looking, smart, and thoughtful is more rare, and especially when you’ve had fame mucking things up. Takes a lot of fortitude to keep your head about you in that world.

    • MilaXX

      He impressed me when he did a remake of Julios Ceasar a few  years back. After each performance he stood outside and took photos/signed autographs. I was in line for an hour and there were plenty in line after I left, but he did it the entire run of the show

      • Introspective

        Girl – i was at Julius Caesar fanning myself trying to hold in the squeals the whole time that man was on stage!!! & we had to leave immediately after the show we attended to goto another event so I (fan girl that I am and will always be) timed when the next show would end and promptly took my butt back down to Times sq for my signature and pic. And Im so proud of it to this day.

        Hes still got it. Really he does. And to TLo- thanks a mil. These pics just made my week.

  • ccinnc

    He looks fine. But I’ve been turned off by him since “Training Day.” He played his part too well, and he still gives me the willies. :)

    • julnyes

       had the opposite effect on me – he still makes the effort to act in his roles which a large number of Hollywood’s old guard (I’m looking at you Jack and Al) don’t seem to do anymore. It is a very appealing quality.

      • Catiline

        He really does.  I remember catching his movie Deja Vu on television a few years ago, and really marveling at how beautifully Denzel played some of the quiet scenes where his character was looking back into the past.  While it wasn’t high art, I think that movie was underrated.  It also had one of the cleverest car chases I’ve seen in a long time.

        • Alloy Jane

          OH MY GOD.  I’ve been wracking my brain for the name of that movie for a week now.  Thank you.  Yes, loved that movie.  I don’t care how unrealistic it was because yes, me and my cousins and sister sat there watching that car scene with the unblinking eyes and babas running from the corners of our mouths.

          • Catiline

            In truth, I tuned in mainly because I’ll watch Adam Goldberg in almost anything, and I really ended up loving the movie as a whole.  It might help that I’m a lifelong Star Trek fan, so I’m pretty easily on board with time travel plots.

  • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

    I saw the thumbnail and said “Oh shit, it’s Denzel”. This is a man that never disappoints. 

  • Tatiana Luján

    He certainly can pull off those double breasted suits. He’s so hansome!
    But I have to say he looks way sexier without the beard.

  • 909girl601world

    Hot damn!! Wish I was a fish stick back in ’77!!!

  • MilaXX

    DENZELLLLL!  Yes I am absolutely one of the screaming minion, cause that right there? That is all kinds of fine,with a side dish of intelligent to boot.

  • PeggyOC

    Dude. He just rocks.  On so many levels.  Faithful to his wife, handsome as all get out, smart, responsible and respectful.  Plus, as you say, offering a master class in the wearing of the double breasted suit.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Oh, I just love this man. Love, love, love. DENZELLLLLLLLLLLL!

  • Sobaika


  • Imasewsure

    Sexy grown up man… love love love

  • Cold Fire


  • Catherine Katz

    Dang.  Nothing else.

  • Sammis

    For anyone who says Denzel didn’t do many love scenes in movies….go rent Mississippi Masala, right now.  DENZELLLL!  (and besides, it’s a funny, charming movie)

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, my.

  • deb ruberto

    Denzel dragged me out of lurking…..
    Thanks, TLo!!

  • BazoDee

    Oh hot damn! 

  • jimmack

    Always one of the hottest men in the entertainment industry. He shows all the boy starlets how it is done. Damm, wish I could wear double breasted.

  • La_Aterciopelada

    A favorite moment of mine is when my friend and I went to see Crimson Tide in the movie theater way back when.  A group of boisterous ladies were sitting behind us.  When mutiny was declared against Gene Hackman, one of the ladies said with snaps   “Oo! It’s DEEN-zel’s ship now!”. 

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Showin’ all the gents just how it ought to be done, since, like, forever. (sigh)

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    goodlord. i had no idea he was such an attractive man! PLUS I love that bite. 

  • Noelle Haland

    Holy mother of god but is he fine. And smart as a whip and charming and smooth and and and….

  • Coralie Legister

    Someone told my dad he looked like Denzel once & he now mentions this at every opportunity.

  • sleah_in_norcal

    DAYUM, that’s a MAN!

  • MzzPants

    Denzel + well dressed = best porn ever.

    Thank you, TLo.

  • royinhell

    One of my first dressing jobs was being his dresser for Shakespeare in the Park in 1990 – yes, I spent a month in a small room with a naked Denzel.  I got it all over you there!
    And according to his mother, his name is actually pronounced DEN-zel.  He just got used to the way everyone always said it.

    • formerlyAnon

      It is a testament to your professionalism that you are not (still) living well from the proceeds of selling squares of whatever was used to dab off sweat.

      • royinhell

        Who says I’m not?  ; )

        Too bad I was too young to risk selling his sweaty dancebelts to his crazed fans… but I did get to take home huge bouquets of flowers sent from admirers (he didn’t think his wife would appreciate them)! 

    • MilaXX

      totally jealous!

  • Sara__B

    Handsome, talented, articulate, principled.  DENZELLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SpcilK

    Good Lawd, he’s fine! That man can work a suit.

  • Judy_S

    I think his body is MY temple….

  • Cathy S

    Oh my. He is looking fine. The man is aging well.

  • Ginger

    My goodness…he’s as beautiful inside as he is on the outside.

  • jilly_d

    I’m a Denzel fan (nothing compared to my husband though; I refer to DW as hubby’s unextinguishable man-crush), but I was NOT prepared for those pictures.  I nearly fell off my chair as I scrolled down.  TLo, you gotta WARN us about that shit!

  • Judy_J

    I have loved this man since I first laid eyes on him in “St. Elsewhere.”  That cover shot is fantastic!

  • TropiCarla

    Now THAT is a man. One of my favorite things about him is that he’s stayed married to the “wife of his youth” for this long. 
    If my husband can look and speak like this in 22 years – I will congratulate myself daily. The next milestone after Denzel is Colin Powell. 😉

  • Nancer

    I am officially in love. Just sayin’.

  • PastryGoddess

    Well Shit…I just lost 10 minutes reading and re-reading that quote.  I’m probably going to start doodling Mrs. Denzel Washington with puppies and kittens and hearts and shit all over my reports now

  • alyce1213

    He’s been my make-believe boyfriend for many years, and I don’t appreciate any of you bitter kittens putting the moves on him.  We have no intention of breaking up.
    I love everything about him.  Boy, does he look gorgeous in those suits or what?

  • Anathema_Device

    Oh Denzel (LLLLLLLLLLLL): inner and outer beauty. What a man.

  • DinaSews

    Man he’s Hotttt.  Better looking every year.

  • UsedtobeEP

    Nothing left to be said here. I have loved him since the Pelican Brief.

    • Laura

      ohhhhh Pelican Brief…. That movie is like comfort food, like a big bowl of mac & cheese….

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      I have very little time for Julia Roberts but I will watch that movie over and over and over again!

  • Danette Greenwood Brockett

    GoodGotDern……….he has “IT” in spades!  All younger men, please take note!!

  • Wellworn

    “DENZELLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  I would have been one of those women if he were filming nearby.  Big crush since St. Elsewhere.  He’s still got that something something.  Hubbah hubbah.

    • MilaXX

       I first saw him playing I think Bob Hopskin’s son in some corny movie. When St. Elsewhere came on my sis & I were like, “hey that’s that young guy from that movie.” He’s not so young anymore, but still looking good.

  • kathryn_dc

    Hot chocolate!

  • MajorBedhead

    *fans face* Smokin’. 

  • Antoinette Niebieszczanski

    Gives new meaning to the word “F-I-N-E, fine!”

  • Vanja

    The blue pinstripe looks goood! I’m loving his hair.

  • RebeccaKW

    Woof.  He is so fine.

  • MissMariRose

    That’s damn good (and needed) advice for anyone, not just African-Americans or men. 

  • unbornfawn

    He’s the whole package.

  • carpediva

    I can’t imagine those suits looking any better on anyone else than they do here; SO sharp.

    But, but, but…. what about his HAIR? Or more accurately, what appears to be a somewhat hair-like substance.  It’s more than a little Travolta-esque, and it’s making me sad.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Like fine wine. He is just STILL astoundingly attractive.

  • Laura

    Oh my lord, I feel weak and light-headed… I’ve always had a thing for The Denzel….

  • oohsparkley!

    I knew he was gorgeous, but after reading his interview, I love him more.

  • Kerry McCombs

    I can’t stand Denzel. He seems like a self righteous asshole to me. That said, he does look good in a suit.

  • Pamela

    (Begins to read this post.)   Denzel brings the heat!

  • mommyca

    Wow! he looks amazing! 

  • TieDye64

    Oh yeah.

  • gsk241


  • HobbitGirl

    Hawt damn.

  • SophiaPehawkins

    I’d so hit it.

  • bellafigura1

    I hereby suspend my hatred of all faces bearded.  Best beardy-head ever.

  • Warrior89

    Oh, Denzel.  Of course you can come over tonight.

  • Aidan B


  • CassandraMortmain

    Hot damn!  Does he look amazing, or what?  I think he’s one of those men who has actually gotten better looking as he’s aged.  When he was young he was almost too beautiful.  Now, he looks just a wee bit craggy and wise and weathered and sexy and still beautiful.  Plus, the body looks amazing and he can obviously wear a double-breasted suit better than anyone on earth.  And I even love the beard.

    Toss in the brains and the talent and the way he’s lived his life and he just may be the perfect man.  Love.

  • Trisha26

    Great clothes. Do not like the facial hair. And his hair looks like a version of the Caesar haircut. No.

  • Vera

    Damn. He’s the best.

  • kat89

    I think I love him. *sigh*

  • Lisa

    Still hot!

  • Zippypie

    I bow down.  Denzel is pure class.

  • quiltrx

    Sigh….Denzel, you sexy, sexy thing.  That grey in the hair does nothing but make you even hotter. :)

    And just when I thought he couldn’t be any cooler, I find out he loves ‘Caged’.  Swoon!

  • Judih1

    WOW – wish we could clone him. And wish we saw more of him on screen.

    His wife is a lucky woman

  • afabulous50

    The man still has it!

  • eclare

    It’s startling to see him as a silver fox.  Means that I’m getting older too, I suppose.

  • Hildegerd Haugen

    Wow, he look so good!

  • EEKstl

    The man is, was, and will always be, frickin’ H-O-T!

  • YolandaHawkins

    My. Sweet. Lord!  DENZELLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! Someone please pass the smelling salts.   

  • Andrew Lage

    If you want some “take responsibility” realness then tune in to judge Judy whenever she has a single parent as a defendant/plaintiff on her show.   

  • lucasuk82

    Damn – that might the first sound bite I’ve ever read that sounds meaningful.  Go Denzel!

  • glennethph

    Is that Photoshop or did he lose weight?

  • AtticWife

    That grey Boss suit is NUTSO. The hotness.

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    Well, that just made my day. DENZELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! He just gets better with age.

  • NoFun Angie

    The first photo is shot at the bar my husband works at in New Orleans- pretty cool!

  • ccm800

    Handsome – but Vanilla to me. Just always left me flat in the looks department. He like so many “Standard” handsome people, age beautifully –  gathering interest to their persona as they move along.