Denzel Washington Says ‘It Starts At Home’ When It Comes To People Going To Prison


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Legendary actor Denzel Washington didn’t hold back when discussing high incarceration rates while promoting his new film “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

“It starts at the home. It starts at home…It starts with how you raise your children. If a young man doesn’t have a father figure, he’ll go find a father figure,” Washington told the media while at the New York premiere, according to the New York Daily News.

He also added, “So you know I can’t blame the system. It’s unfortunate that we make such easy work for them.”

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 20: Denzel Washington attends the screening of Roman J. Israel, Esq. at Henry R. Luce Auditorium at Brookfield Place on November 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

That’s a refreshing take you won’t hear that often coming out of Hollywood. People can always find a million excuses for why things go wrong, but Washington cut it straight down the middle.

It doesn’t get much more blunt than what he said, and we shouldn’t be surprised. He’s made a career not only as an outstanding actor, but also as being one of the most straight forward people in the business.

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