McKellen Taught Denzel How To Act Drunk

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Actor Denzel Washington got his act-drunk tips by veteran thespian Sir Ian Mckellen.

When the Oscar-winning actor was required to act intoxicated in Broadway play A Raisin In the Sun, director Kenny Leon gave him scarce advice on how to make his intoxication genuine, so he turned to McKellen.

He took his advice of wisdom and portrayed the drunk well at the end.

He told Vulture,

“There wasn’t a whole lot of direction for that scene… I was asking him (McKellen) about it, and he said, ‘Well, I just curl up my feet, and I kind of roll back on my heels a little bit, and then you’re always trying to get back on your toes.’ You know?… Now, I don’t do that the whole time I’m out there, but it’s a starting place… Now people will be looking at my toes!”

He also said,

“You don’t play drunk – you try to act sober.” Denzel then stated, “People don’t act drunk, people are drunk, and they try to act sober.”

Denzel is an American actor, film director and producer. He has received much critical acclaim for his work in film since the 1990s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas and Herman Boone.

Washington is a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and was a frequent collaborator of the late director Tony Scott.

Washington has received two Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Glory in 1989 and Best Actor for Training Day in 2001.

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