Denzel Washington Gets Touchingly Choked Up After Hearing Praise From His Son

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Man, did you know that Denzel Washington is 66-years-old these days? Feels like just yesterday I was growing up under the tutelage of Coach Herman Boone.

For my money’s worth, Denzel Washington is one of three actors who can make a legitimate claim at being the best of the last 50 years, along with Daniel Day-Lewis and Tom Hanks. The New York Times certainly agrees, as they recently named the two-time Academy Award winner as *the* greatest actor of the 21st century (Nicole Kidman, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Isabelle Huppert — never heard of her — round out the rest of the Top 5).

In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, while promoting his latest film (The Little Things, hitting HBO Max on January 29), Denzel was told what his son John David Washington recently said about him being named the greatest actor of the 21st century and got touchingly choked up in response.

“It’s about time,” 36-year-old John David Washington told Access Hollywood about the New York Times naming his father as the greatest actor of the 21st century. “I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it, so it was a very proud moment for our entire family.”

Upon hearing that, Denzel got visibly choked up and admitted that he was speechless:

“Wow, I’m speechless,” he said. “I forgot what the question was, but I’m speechless. I didn’t know he said that,” the iconic actor responded.

It just goes to show that even the indomitable Denzel Washington isn’t immune to being rendered a softie when hearing praise from his closest loved ones.

Luckily for us, though, just because Denzel’s age is increasing does not mean his acting production is decreasing, as he’s got two films scheduled to be released this year: the aforementioned The Little Things and Joel Cohen-directed The Tragedy of Macbeth alongside fellow Academy Award winner Frances McDormand.

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