Denzel Washington

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Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington is best known for his roles in “Glory,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” “Remember the Titans” and “Training Day.” Although the Hollywood A-lister has recently been sharing his faith openly at public speaking engagements, he reveals why he never became a preacher.

In an interview with ABC News for his film, “The Magnificent Seven,” Washington sits down for a 30 minute chat in which he talks about his upbringing. He explained that his father was a minister so they were never exposed to Westerns films like the one he now stars in. Instead the only movies Washington recalled seeing as a child were the Bible epics, “King of Kings” and “The Ten Commandments.”

Washington’s father was a Pentecostal preacher who was a pastor belonging to the Church of God in Christ denomination for 60 years.

When asked if he was a good kid, he said although his dad was a minister, he was “mischievous.” The accomplished filmmaker revealed that his three closest friends at the time all have done time in prison, being incarcerated for decades. Thankfully his mother sent him into a private school and he accredits that to helping him avoid getting into greater trouble.

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