Denzel Washington Rumors
Okafor has seen most of the Oscar contenders, and offered his hot takes. “I really enjoyed ‘Get Out’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.’ ‘Get Out’ was just phenomenal. Everybody was crazy. That’s a thriller,” Okafor said. “ ‘Three Billboards was different. I really enjoyed it. ‘Dunkirk’ I didn’t like that much. It got 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought it was more action-packed, but there weren’t any lines. It was just visually appealing more than anything.” He pegged “Get Out” to win Best Picture with “Three Billboards” as his runner up. He said Denzel Washington was “phenomenal” as his Best Actor pick in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” and tipped Frances McDormand to win Best Actress for “Three Billboards.”
Provide him with bad information? “Your credibility is shot,” Rondo says. And if he doesn’t buy the narrative, even off the floor, he’ll bail, he’ll disengage, as he does on movies whose storylines stray from logic, even for a moment. His last theater walkout: The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington. “I didn’t understand how he got the cop’s number,” Rondo says, referencing a certain scene. “It was just too much.” He recently watched the movie again to see if he could stomach it. He couldn’t.
MLive: If they made a movie about your life, who would star in it? Jennings: If they made a movie about my life who would star in it? Denzel Washington would probably be a person that stars in it. My girlfriend in the movie would probably be Halle Berry. And who would be me? I’ll just play myself. MLive: Twenty years from now, what do you see yourself doing? Jennings: I see myself retired, becoming a businessman, making money outside of basketball and just living. I just want to be left alone, chilling. Smoking my cigars and just chilling.
The film featured a number of classic Nike Basketball and Air Jordan styles, but none were more recognized than the Air Jordan XIII laced up by Denzel Washington who played Allen’s father in the film. Celebrating the debut of the Miami Heat’s ‘Name Collection’ Jerseys tonight, Ray will lace up the iconic Air Jordan XIII to match his Heat jersey bearing J. Shuttlesworth as a nod to Spike’s now classic basketball film.
PJ Carlesimo on coaching the actor Denzel Washington on Fordham’s junior varsity basketball team: (Washington) played at Mount Vernon High School (north of New York City). (He) Came to us as a walk-on, went to the downtown campus, the Lincoln Center campus (Fordham University’s campus in midtown Manhattan), came up and tried out for the team and was a pretty good player. But, this kid…from Mount Vernon stuck it out for two years. (He) didn’t start for us. We were 18-0 the one year. He was already doing productions in New York and at Fordham. On his current relationship with Washington: Oh, he’s great. He’s been unbelievable. He’s been really good to Fordham. We both spend a lot of time with the Boys and Girls Club as one of our charities. When we go to L.A. is usually where I see him, the Laker games, he’s sitting right up front.
A half hour later, Denzel Washington, wearing a warm-up suit, black baseball hat and Joakim Noah’s tennis sneakers (a payback for Air Jordans he turned over upon request in Paris to the then 12-year-old), unassumingly slid in opposite West. Many moons ago, Duane Martin, whom I knew as a squiggly jump shooter at FDR, NYU and Harvey World before he ventured out here to become an actor (“White Men Can’t Jump,” “Above the Rim”), sports agent and currently real estate entrepreneur, took me downtown to ball at the YMCA. Denzel was there that day. After his freshman year, Fordham assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo might have done him a favor by telling him he should think about pursuing another career. Still, Denzel loves to hoop and loves to talk about it; the Mount Vernon product is narrator of the soon-to-be released documentary about all the great players to come from that area — Gus and Ray Williams, Rodney and Scooter McCray, Ben Gordon, Lowes Moore, Earl Tatum, etc.