Denzel Washington Talks God, The Bible, Whitney, Obama and the Holy Spirit

Academy award-winning leading Man and 57-year-old Actor, film Producer and Director Denzel Washington sat down to talk with GQ on the October issue of the Men’s magazine. I have to say this is one of the most candid  and most interesting interviews I have seen in a while and here is what he had to say about several subjects.

On God and His Spirituality

Spirituality is important in every aspect of my life….I mean, that’s why I’m here. That’s what I’ve been blessed to do.

On The Bible

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.

On Experiencing the Holy Spirit

That was thirty years ago, at the church I still attend. The minister was preaching, ‘Just let it go.’ I said, I’m going to go with it.’ And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience. It did frighten me. I was slobbering, crying, sweating. My cheeks blew up. I was purging. It was too intense. It almost drove me away. I called my mother, and she said I was being filled with the Holy Spirit. I was like, ‘Does that mean I can never have wine again?

On Whitney and Drugs

It’s more of an example to me or the rest of us to keep it together. I was listening to her song I Look to You. It’s prophetic. Maybe I’m speaking out of line. Maybe she thought she could have one. And then the next thing you know, her body was betraying her. She didn’t know that her body was aging quickly. She couldn’t take it. Your body can only take so much. Some people survive [Hollywood and fame], and some people don’t. Whitney was my girl, and she had done so well in recovery. And that is the toughest part about addiction. And that was a monster drug that got a hold of her, it was a mean one. You can’t go back to that one. Nobody beats that. I look at people – and I don’t think I’m speaking out of line – Samuel L. Jackson, I’ve known for thirty-some-odd years, he was down at the bottom. And he came all the way back. And when he cleaned up, he never looked back. But he can’t have that beer, because it might lead to the tough thing.

On Obama

Well, the story’s not told yet. He’s in the beginning of the third quarter. I don’t know what his legacy is yet. He’s the first—that’s a part of it. Like Jackie Robinson. But it just wasn’t the first game; it was lasting the whole thing.

Now this is a man I admire.