Five favorite Denzel Washington roles

TRAINING DAY, Denzel Washington, 2001

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Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, we’re showing one of the best cop dramas around: “Training Day.” Denzel Washington won the Academy Award for  his portrayal of  the dirtiest cop ever. Or at least the dirtiest cop this side of Harvel Keitel in “Bad Lieutenant.” Ethan Hawke plays wide-eyed rookie detective-in-training Jake Hoyt who can’t quite grasp what he’s up against when he’s assigned to veteran LAPD superstar Alonzo Harris (Washington) as his professional “evaluator.” Harris is a cool and charismatic celebrity cop who just happens to have his fingers in about two dozen highly illegal and lucrative pots. During their day together, Harris ends up taking Hoyt on the ride of his life as they traverse the mean streets of L.A., with the rookie learning the ways of the world and getting tested at every turn by his supposed mentor who is forcing him to walk a tightrope between ambition and principles. Director Antoine Fuqua does an incredible job of bringing Los Angeles’ underbelly to life in this film.

Denzel Washington won the Oscar for a reason: He injects the film –and his role– with a gritty realism that is hard to deny. But that’s what we’ve come to expect from Washingtong. Whether he’s playing a Navy psychiatrist in “Antwone Fisher” (which by the way is playing today at 3:30 p.m. ET) or a soldier fighting for his freedom or an “Inside Man,” Washington brings a heartfelt sincerity to his parts that make his characters both wildly believable and deeply personal.

Here are five of our other favorite roles played by Denzel Washington:

Creasy in “Man on Fire”

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Pvt. Trip in “Glory”

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Frank Lucas in “American Gangster”

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Malcolm X in “Malcolm X”

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Joe Miller in “Philadelphia”

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“Training Day” airs tonight at 8/7c and again at 10:30 p.m. ET; Sunday, September. 23 at 10:45 PM ET; Monday, September 24 at 1:15 AM ET; Friday, September 28 at 8:00 PM ET; Friday, September 28 at 10:30 PM ET; Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8 PM ET; Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 PM ET; Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 PM ET; Saturday, Oct. 13 at 12:45 AM ET

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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