By: Isabelle Doll Ngcobo
Atllanta! advanced premiere screening of the film Fences was held for Morehouse College and Atlanta University Center students Tuesday at Regal Atlantic Station. On Wednesday, students who attended the screening and those wanted to see Washington in person crowded the Bank of America Auditorium to hear from the star himself.
There was also a special town hall discussion moderated by BET’s Terrence J, held at Morehouse College where the cast fielded questions and got into details about the highly anticipated film.
Upon asking Denzel about the movie and what he hopes people get from it . This is what he had to say.
“August Wilson wrote a masterpiece,” Washington said. “Our film will touch you. It’s about family and forgiveness. I hope at the very least people will walk away knowing more about Wilson’s work,” Denzel.Washington, who won a Tony for his performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of the play. “What I want people to get from it depends upon what they bring to it. It’s not for me to decide what it is, it’s for you to watch it, enjoy it, and you decide what it is to you.”
VIP guest who were invited to the premiere advanced screening for the movie Fences were Ludacris his wife Eudoxie and some cast members of the flm . Denzel Washington and his wife Pauletta Washington who accompanied him ,Jovan Adepo, Mykelti Williams, Stephen Henderson, Frank Sanchez who serves as the National Vice President of Sports Entertainment Alumni Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed all attended the advance screening of Fences.
Now , working as a garbage collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, a former baseball star (Denzel Washington) creates tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) dream of playing college football
Washington is both a lead actor and a director. He tapped his Broadway co-star, Academy Award-nominee and Tony-winner Viola Davis to continue her role as Rose Maxson, Troy Maxson’s wife.
Washington said that Davis gives a riveting performance in the movie that will have people talking. “Viola is one of the great actors of our time,” he said. “This is one of those rare circumstances where the Great Actor gets the Great Role.”
Other stars from the play also appear in the film, including: Steven McKinley Henderson (Troy’s friend); Mykelti Williamson (Troy’s brother, Gabriel); and Russell Hornsby (Troy’s oldest son, Lyons Maxson).
who plays Maxson’s son (Cory) in the film, said working with Washington was “amazing.”
“It was like attending a master’s class and getting to talk to your hero,” he said
Denzel Washington didn’t. just had an impact on Jovan Adepo who plays his son in the movie , but also made 99 year old Connie’s dreams come true when he kept his promise to visit her when he came to Atlanta for the premiere advanced. screening of his movie Fences. The heartwarming relationship started when Denzel was just 7-years-old and Connie gave him his first library card. Denzel lived right across the street from the library in Mount Vernon, New York, where Connie worked for around 50 years.
Despite seeing and reading to countless children over the years, Connie says she always remembered Denzel.
Connie has always given back to the community, every day she knits scarves to donate to the Boys and Girls Club—an organization to which Denzel Washington has always donated.
Connie was on Cloud 9 when Denzel gave her a call. Connie remarked, “A busy man like you would take the time to call…I’m so lucky to have so many wonderful people in my memory.” The two of them relived memories of growing up in Mount Vernon, NY, but it didn’t end there. Denzel told Connie that he would be coming to Atlanta in December to promote his movie “Fences,” and he wanted to visit her when he was in town.
Denzel kept his word when he stopped by and spent time not only with Connie, but also with everyone at Atria Senior Living in Marietta GA and. invited her as his special guest to the advanced screening of Fences held at Regals Cinema Atlantic Staion.
Two people from two different generations that connected again and talked about the importance of giving back.
“It was an inspirational moment for the staff as well at Atria Senior Living .”
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