DENZEL WASHINGTON SAYS HE HAS A PLAN TO STOP THEATRE GOERS
FROM ANSWERING THEIR PHONES DURING ONE OF HIS PERFORMANCES
-- ON "60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY"
Denzel Washington, the actor who reportedly makes $20 million per film, is now making $1,700 per week playing Julius Caesar on Broadway and he tells correspondent Ed Bradley that he loves almost every minute of every performance -- even when things go wrong. Washington says he's gotten used to the various distractions during live theatre and considers many of them an opportunity to "retool," but there's one distraction he doesn't like: ringing cell phones. Bradley's report will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY April 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"�The lights come up or the curtain goes up and it's an actor's medium�It's flying by the seat of your pants," says Washington. "You gotta keep going. It's life -- things happen. We're still going through things: things fall, lights don't work, you forget lines or whatever happens�That's good exercise�Cell phones go off�and one of these days I'm going to respond to it in iambic pentameter: 'Answereth that, my lord. My lord, it is for you�.'"
Despite the distractions associated with live theater, Washington says he's enjoying performing on Broadway, just as he enjoys juggling his work on many film projects. "I mean work is, like, you know, garbage man is work�.Acting is not work," says Washington. "Acting is a privilege and it's a craft and all of those things, but it's not work."
"Julius Caesar" opened two weeks ago to mixed reviews, but Washington says he doesn't read any of the press; he just concentrates on completing each performance...a total of eight every week. "�I run off stage, I wipe the makeup off, I say a quick prayer," says Washington. "I hear the people out there clapping. You get a sense: Uh-oh, is it two bows tonight [or] is it one? Is it three?� I mean, people are like, 'Man, you got a hundred to go,' but I'm like, 'Yeah.' I'm enjoying every one of them."
Jeff Fager is the executive producer of 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY and Christopher Martin is the producer of this report.