As Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington gears up for the release of his next film, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” he’s calling on the next generation to be unashamed of their faith and convictions in this day and age of social media.
“I would say to your generation — find a way to work together because this is a very divisive, angry time you’re living in, unfortunately, because we didn’t grow up like that,” the 62-year-old told this Christian Post reporter at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles Saturday.
In his new film, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” Washington plays a lawyer named Roman J. Israel who has been fighting the good fight while others take the credit. “He finds out some unsettling things about what the crusading law firm he worked for has done that run afoul of his values of helping the poor and dispossessed, and he finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme action,” the film’s synopsis says.
When comparing his character’s passion to persevere despite being criticized, he wanted millennials to take note of Roman’s fight despite growing up in a different generation.
“It’s accelerated now, it’s on steroids, it’s moving so fast that it’s almost impossible to keep up,” Washington said of the social media age. Speaking about himself and his generation, Washington added: “We have the luxury of BC, before computers, of what it used to be. We have the luxury of going through the process of figuring things out, of not having to rely on GPS and something always being done for you.”
“What happens to the part of the brain that figures things out?” he asked.
“We better understand that we are addicted to this,” Washington continued while holding up this CP reporter’s cell phone. “It’s not its fault, it’s a magnification and a reflection of our own free will.”
He maintained that 20 years ago life was all about the information age but said things have changed greatly because of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook.
“I Google, I’m the Google master when I need information,” the New York native confessed. “With this character, I studied Asperger’s but I didn’t go on social network.”
Washington said that while he was on set filming for the movie, a fan put up a photo of him in character on social media. He could not believe how mean-spirited the comments were — criticizing his image, his weight, etc.
“You can’t blame anyone, including the president,” He insisted. “It’s the age that we are in and we have to look at what’s happening to us before it’s too late.”
Washington added that Pastor A.R. Bernard, senior pastor of Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York, once shared with him Daniel chapter 10 from the Bible, saying, “‘God puts leaders in place for a reason and a season.'”opportunity
“There’s a reason, you may not like what’s going on but the boss has a reason,” Washington asserted while he pointed up to God in Heaven.
“I pray for your generation,” Washington passionately declared while holding onto this reporter’s shoulder and charging millennials to keep sharing truth and hope with the world. “What an opportunity you have! Don’t be depressed by it because we have to go through this, we’re here now. You can’t put that thing back in the box.”
Washington went on to say that his father, who was a minister, once “slapped him down” because he made the mistake of questioning his father’s predictions about the End Times.
“Each generation, we’re all guilty of it, we think it’s gonna happen when we’re here. We as a species, God’s children, have to go through this!” he declared. “We don’t know where we are in it [the End Times]’. We may think we’re at 10, but we may just be at one. None of us know, but we are going through it. And you, after we’re long gone, are going to have to go through. So at least be aware.”
Washington urged that younger people should ask themselves the question: “What is the long, if not short-term effect of too much information? There isn’t 24 hours worth of news, there isn’t!”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law