Even Denzel Washington Thinks Celebrities Are Overrated

Kaitlan Collins | White House Correspondent

Denzel Washington wants no part of being a celebrity.

Actor Denzel Washington attends the Premiere of the movie 'The Magnificent Seven' following the ceremony awards at the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 10, 2016 at Venice Lido. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

During an interview with Page Six at the premiere of his film “Fences” in New York, the actor said he thinks most of Hollywood is “overrated.”

“My father worked 50 years for the water department, he was also a minister and he worked three jobs all the time,” Washington said. “He made it, he was successful. Celebrity is really overrated — we don’t want anything to do with celebrity.”

“I am an actor.”

Actor Denzel Washington attends the Premiere of the movie 'The Magnificent Seven' following the ceremony awards at the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 10, 2016 at Venice Lido. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo: TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington said it means a lot to him to turn the play “Fences” — which is about a sanitation worker who lives in Pittsburgh in the 1950s — into a film. (RELATED: Denzel Washington Blasts The Media)

“To take this play to the big screen means that it is an opportunity for millions of people to see it instead of thousands,” he said.

“[August] Wilson is a genius . . . it was a privilege, honor and a responsibility to bring his work to film.”

Kaitlan Collins

White House Correspondent

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