Denzel Washington Praises his Team on 'Fences'
Denzel Washington's directorial and starring effort Fences has received solid reception from critics, and stars Viola Davis alongside him. The two reprise their roles from the 2010 Broadway revival of the play, which won a Pulitzer and a Tony in 1987.
Speaking with Variety, Washington was gracious, and praised his team for the success. “Everybody read the script and said, ‘We don’t often get a chance to work on movies like this.' August Wilson wrote a masterpiece — there was pressure to not screw it up. I don’t want to sound all kumbaya, but everybody worked so well together. It was a real team effort, and everyone brought their best game. I pray that August would have been proud.”
"We talked about the rhythms in August Wilson’s dialogue, and the music of it. Hughes had a good sense of that, and we always kept that in mind. I didn’t want to be literal, cutting on the note in the dialogue scenes between the characters. The interesting question was, who to be on? And there are monologues, so when do you cut away? How do you keep the other characters alive when, for example, Troy is doing a monologue? Bono and Rose — when do you cut to them? And when you do cut to other people, and why? What does that mean? Hughes was great at all of this."