Claiming a need to pay his bills, actor/director Denzel Washington told 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker that he won’t be directing again anytime soon. Washington, who just directed himself and Viola Davis in the big screen version of August Wilson’s Fences, said that in directing he was doing something he “loved.” Now that he’s done that, it’s back to plain old work for the in-demand Oscar-winning actor (Training Day). Acting pays the bills, Washington told Whitaker — with a joke about Whitaker’s first name, Bill. (“Add an s,” Washington grinned.)
Denzel Washington must have some pretty big bills. With a fortune estimated by various celeb net worth trackers to be between $140 million and $190 million. Let’s even say they’re off by half… if Washington can’t take time away from work to pursue his loves and passions with that kind of cushion, when can he? Washington made his feature film directorial debut in 2002 with Antwone Fisher. He directed The Great Debaters in 2007. He starred in both of those films, too, both powerful dramas that testify to Washington’s talent behind the camera. His creditors should let him off the hook so we can have more art, right?
— Fences Movie (@FencesMovie) November 25, 2016