“I totally screwed up.” Denzel Washington still regrets turning down one of the best thrillers in cinema history

“I totally screwed up.” Denzel Washington still regrets turning down one of the best thrillers in cinema history
“I totally screwed up.” Denzel Washington still regrets turning down one of the best thrillers in cinema history

The actor believed that the script was “too demonic” and when he saw the film he was aware of the enormous mistake he had made.

Denzel Washington He has a long career behind him and is an actor who, in general terms, has enjoyed a lot of freedom when choosing which films he wanted to do. That has not prevented him from making the odd mistake over the years, both for participating in titles of little interest and for passing up real films. And there is one that especially bothers him: ‘Seven’.

“It was too demonic”

Washington was offered the role of David Mills at the time.but when he read the script signed by Andrew Kevin Walker He was unable to interpret it. He himself confessed in 2014 that “it was just too much” and in a later chat with Jamie Foxx he stated that “the script was too demonic“.. Furthermore, the inexperience of David Fincherwho at that time had only directed the problematic ‘Alien 3’, surely didn’t help, but the actor soon regretted it when he was able to see ‘Seven’.

In fact, ‘Seven’ is always the movie he mentions when asked which one he regrets saying no to. For example, this is what she commented when they were interested in this topic in an interview she gave to Playboy:

They offered me ‘Seven’ years ago. I said no. Brad Pitt ended up playing the role. Go figure. I screwed it up to the bottom.

However, Washington has no problem praising the work he did Brad Pitt in the role of David Mills, to the point of stating that “Obviously it wasn’t for me, it was always for Brad“All in all, it’s hard not to imagine that the impact of ‘Seven’ was so great on him that it led him to say yes to ‘Fallen’an estimable demonic thriller released three years after it hit the box office and which very few remember.

However, it is possible that the version of the script that Washington rejected underwent some changes to the one that ended up being filmed, since he assures that “It was too much when I read the script, it was just different when I saw it on screen“. However, I’m sure I’m not the only one who can now imagine the protagonist of ‘The Equalizer’ saga as David Mills, so Everything will simply remain another example of what could have been and was not.

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