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Denzel Washington recalls his time as a garbage man as he speaks of the privilege of being in movies

When asked about his first and worst jobs before entering the film industry, Washington humbly shared his experience as a garbage man and working in the post office.

Denzel Washington recalls his time as a garbage man as he speaks of the privilege of being in movies
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Denzel Washington has always been successful in winning with movies such as "Training Days", "Flight" and "Safe House." However, the actor is as down to earth as they come. A video now making the rounds on Twitter features a snippet of a director's roundtable where the filmmakers were asked: "Just going back and looking at your life, before you became filmmakers, what was your first job and what was your worst job before you entered the film business?" Washington responded, "I was a garbage man. As a garbage man, you get eight hours' worth of work, but you can do it in three."

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He added during The Hollywood Reporter segment: "Post office, you get three hours of work and you can make it last eight. I did both. I liked being a garbage man better. But they were not bad jobs. And people talk about the difficulty in making a movie and I go, it's a movie, relax. I don't play that precious nonsense. Get out of here. You know, your son got shot in the face, that is difficult but making it a movie is a luxury, it is a gift. It is an opportunity. It's just a movie, it ain't that big a deal."


This video was uploaded by @ATRightMovies and has since gone viral with people applauding Washington for being humble. @RobEleisonWatt tweeted, "This is how I handle the pressure. It's not surgery. You can do reshoots and retakes." @MountainHawk26 wrote, "One of the reasons Denzel is so popular with fans is he seems like he’s just a regular guy. He’s no different than you or me. Yep, as long as you ignore his good looks and amazing talent, he’s just like all the rest of us."


Some Twitter users also disagreed with the filmmaker. @hopeasha wrote, "Notwithstanding Denzel’s point of view, the job of a director does seem darn tough!" Whereas, @victoria_danis tweeted, "The amount of money actors command which the industry is willing to pay, the magnitude of media and popular attention actors attract suggests that it is a big deal and that it’s more than 'just a movie.'"


Washington also made news recently after the first trailer for "The Equalizer 3" dropped and he was seen on-screen with Dakota Fanning, almost two decades after the movie, "Man on Fire," reports PEOPLE. Fanning wrote on her Instagram after signing the film: "My gratitude to share the screen once again with the legend of all legends is endless. Can't wait."

Washington also had praises for his "Man on Fire" costar back in 2004, "She's a sweetheart, as you'll see if you've talked to her already. She's a bright young woman and she's just a joy to be around. You can't not like her. Dakota is a child but she is a wonderful actor. And that's what we were doing together: acting. I don't know what a 'child actor' is. She's an actor who's a child." "The Equalizer 3" is set to come out in the theatres on September 1, 2023.

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