Washington Admits Se7en Regret

20 September 2012

Denzel Washington has admitted he regrets turning down the role of David Mills in Se7en

The part helped turn Brad Pitt into a superstar, but Denzel claims he had the chance to take the role on, but felt it was too dark. He also admitted turning down the George Clooney role in Michael Clayton was a mistake. 

DI-Seven-(Se7en)-(1)When asked by GQ which roles he wished he'd taken, Denzel responded; "Seven and Michael Clayton. With Clayton, it was the best material I had read in a long time, but I was nervous about a first-time director, and I was wrong. It happens."

The idea of Denzel as Mills is an intriguing one, particulalry as it would have affected the casting of Morgan Freeman as Det. Somerset, one of his best performances.

Washington went to say he would love the opportunity to share the screen with his fellow acting heavyweights, De Niro and Pacino, although given their propensity for making rubbish films these days, the chances seem slim. 

"[I want to work with] anybody whose last name ends in an 'O'. De Niro. Pacino. I cut my teeth watching them. 

"Going back to the idea of learning things from other actors—Laurence Olivier was an outside-in kind of guy. He'd find a handle, something on the outside. The Method guys were inside-out. I use a little bit of both.

For Mo' Better Blues, I'll pick up a trumpet. Not "Oh, what is the emotional innards of a jazz musician?" Hurricane? Start boxing. Sometimes it starts on the outside. Sometimes on the inside." 

Read the full interview here.