On Tuesday night, “Extra’s” Terri Seymour caught up with Denzel Washington as he was honored at the Santa Barbra International Film Festival.
The actor, happy to be recognized for his work, said, “I just lead an amazing life. I'm blessed.”
While Denzel received lots of loud love from fans in attendance, he added, ”Yes! That's my inspiration back there.” During our interview, the 62-year-old was interrupted by an admirer who approached him. He responded, “Who's that sneaking up on me?… Come on and be in the show.”
Terri, caught in the middle, joked, “Where's all your security? You're too nice. That's the problem. Denzel is far too nice.” He smiled, “I ain't all that nice. You saw 'Training Day.’”
Denzel was on hand to accept the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Maltin Modern Master Award. He shared, “I'm happy that over the years I've been able to do something that people like.”
The two-time Academy Award winner — nominated for an Oscar for his latest move, “Fences” — said, “We'll see if I get to be up there.”
Though he is being recognized for his work in front of the camera, he is considering more behind-the-camera work as well after directing an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” last year. Could he direct “Fences” co-star Viola Davis on “How to Get Away with Murder”? He admitted, “My wife would want me to… In fact, when I did 'Grey's Anatomy’… she had to catch me up on and she knows everything.”
For now, he is getting ready to watch the Super Bowl, even though his beloved team didn’t make it to the big game. “My Cowboys will be at home like me.” So who will he be rooting for, the Pats or Falcons? He answered, “I'll let you know about 5:30 on Sunday."