Denzel Washington has landed the cover of GQ magazine’s October 2012 issue. The spread is photographed by Nathaniel Goldberg and features the actor in designers like Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Tom Ford and more.
Check out the spread after the jump…
Suit, $3,995, and shirt, $325, by Giorgio Armani. Tie, $195 by Burberry Prorsum. Tie bar, $15 by The Tie Bar. Pocket square, $160 by Brunello Cucinelli. Shoes, $1,360 by Tom Ford.
What’s your first memory of being onstage?
I was around 7, 8, whatever I was. We did a talent show at the Boys Club. Me and another guy, Wayne Bridges—God rest his soul—he’s the father of Chris Bridges, Ludacris. We decided to be the Beatles. So we went to John’s Bargain Store and bought fake guitars and wigs and did “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
Suit, $595, and shirt, $65, by Calvin Klein. Tie, $150 by Alexander Olch. Pocket square by Brunello Cucinelli.
Is there an actor who has influenced you?
There’s a scene in The Godfather II. De Niro’s in a theater. And he’s looking back. It’s just a look. I don’t think I’ve ever imitated another actor, but there’s nothing wrong with learning from them.
Do you have any code you live by?
I read from the Bible every day, and I read my Daily Word. I read something great yesterday. It said, “Don’t aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference.”
In some ways, you’re a cipher. There’s not much you put out there.
But that’s not my job to put stuff out there. Sidney Poitier told me this years ago: “If they see you for free all week, they won’t pay to see you on the weekend, because they feel like they’ve seen you. If you walk by the magazine section in the supermarket and they’ve known you all their life, there’s no mystery. They can’t take the ride.” My professional work is being a better actor. I don’t know how to be a celebrity.
Suit, $1,695 Boss. Shirt, $325 by Lorenzini. Tie, $230 by Brunello Cucinelli. Tie bar by The Tie Bar. Pocket square by Turnbull & Asser.
When the Denzel biopic is made, what would an actor need to have in his performance to make you say, “He got me”?
That suggests I know what it is, and I don’t want to know what it is. That’s part of the mystery. It is what it is. I don’t go, “I gotta make sure I put some of that Denzel Washington-ism in the movie.” I don’t want tricks. I don’t want to lose my mojo.
Suit, $2,790 by Salvatore Ferragamo. Shirt, $228 by Phineas Cole by Paul Stuart. Shoes, $1,350 by Ralph Lauren. Pocket squareby Brunello Cucinelli.
When you were playing Malcolm X, you said one of the things that helped you “get” Malcolm was noticing that he was always pointing.
That was one of the keys. It wasn’t the key. He does a lot of that. And he didn’t say “against,” he said, “a-ginst.” So I started throwing in extra “a-ginst”s, because it made me feel like I was in rhythm.
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