During Oscar Roundtables where Hollywood Directors met to discuss their experience in film and directing, Denzel Washington scoffed at the idea that making a movie is a difficult job.
When asked about his first job, and his worst, Washington talked about working as a garbageman as well as a postman, before hitting on a much larger theme and one that has distanced Hollywood celebrities from the everyday folks who go see their movies:
“It’s like when people talk about the difficulty of making a movie, and I’m like, send your son to Iraq, that’s difficult,” the Oscar winning actor stated. “It’s just a movie. It’s like relax. I don’t play that precious nonsense. Your son got shot in the face. That’s difficult. Making a movie is a luxury. It’s a gift, it’s an opportunity, but most importantly it’s a gift.”
He mentioned that union people say making a movie is a difficult job, but there are other things that are much harder to do.
“It’s like the union people saying ‘oh the difficulty of making a movie’. I’m like, well send your son to Iraq. That’s difficult. It’s just a movie. Its’s like, relax.,” Washington said. “Making a movie is a luxury.”