WATCH: Denzel Washington Shares Why He Didn’t Follow In His Father’s Footsteps and Become a Minister

(PHOTO: REUTERS/FRED THORNHILL) Actor Denzel Washington attends a news conference to promote the film 'The Equalizer' at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, September 7, 2014.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/FRED THORNHILL)
Actor Denzel Washington attends a news conference to promote the film ‘The Equalizer’ at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, September 7, 2014.

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington is best known for his roles in “Glory,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” “Remember the Titans” and “Training Day.” Although the Hollywood A-lister has recently been sharing his faith openly at public speaking engagements, he reveals why he never became a preacher.

In an interview with ABC News for his film, “The Magnificent Seven,” Washington sits down for a 30 minute chat in which he talks about his upbringing. He explained that his father was a minister so they were never exposed to Westerns films like the one he now stars in. Instead the only movies Washington recalled seeing as a child were the Bible epics, “King of Kings” and “The Ten Commandments.”

Washington’s father was a Pentecostal preacher who was a pastor belonging to the Church of God in Christ denomination for 60 years.

When asked if he was a good kid, he said although his dad was a minister, he was “mischievous.” The accomplished filmmaker revealed that his three closest friends at the time all have done time in prison, being incarcerated for decades. Thankfully his mother sent him into a private school and he accredits that to helping him avoid getting into greater trouble.

Going to church for Washington felt “like a job” so it turned him away from wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps. He did however admit that he contemplated it but chose not to go that career path.

“You had to go at night, you had to go in the afternoon,” he told ABC. “I rejected it in my early teen years, working stuff out.”

There were a few other professions he did try out but nothing stuck until he finally pursued acting in college at Fordham University.

“I was actually pre-med. I thought, ‘You go to college, be a doctor.’ Then, I went into political science, pre-law … I found out I wasn’t doctor material, I found out I wasn’t lawyer material, then I started studying journalism,” Washington said of his journey before acting.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Jeannie Law

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