Denzel Washington Talks About Preparing For His ‘Safe House’ Role
Denzel Washington might have built his well-deserved reputation on dramatic roles in theater and film — he won his first Oscar for his role in Glory — but Washington has also played some scary, tough dudes — like his character in Training Day, for which Washington won his second Oscar. Washington appears in a similar role opposite Ryan Reynolds in Safe House, as rogue CIA agent Tobin Frost.
Washington admits that the role is a bit of a throwback to intimidating characters he has played in the past, pointing out, “Safe House was an opportunity to revisit ways of working that I used to do.”
Though Washington wanted to immerse himself in the role, he purposely avoided doing research on CIA agents. He explains, “I didn’t want to do a lot of CIA research because Tobin Frost wasn’t CIA anymore. He hated everything about the CIA, and I wanted to discover his dark side.”
Washington definitely pulled it off — I have even found his cold stares on the movie’s posters that are hanging in the subways around here intimidating!
Safe House opens in theaters on February 10.