Denzel Washington is one of my favorite actors. I love Spike Lee movies and I thought that “Jungle Fever” was one of his best. Of course, with Spike Lee for me there are many movies he has made that are in my top 20 all timers. But Jungle Fever had a certain kind of tension going on, a feeling of opposition that was presented gently though you felt that at any moment could explode into violence both, physically and emotionally. And it does.
When I recently saw Denzel in American Gangster though, he seemed to have evolved in many ways as an actor. He usually has a tremendous amount of confidence in the roles he plays, but in American Gangster he exuded so much confidence, so much leadership, that he was more compelling than any movie I had seen him in before. Of course the director, Martin Scorsese is so amazing in telling a story and in his ability to get the best performances from his actors, that I knew this movie was going to be an instant classic.