Philip Galanes of The New York Times interviewed actors Michael B. Jordan and Denzel Washington at the Lambs Club in Midtown Manhattan. Jordan, who made a big splash with his debut “Fruitvale Station” in 2013 and is the star of the superhero movie Black Panther, has been compared to Washington. The two men discuss their current projects (Washington is in the revival of Eugene O’Neill’s play “The Iceman Cometh”) and their idols. For Washington, he says James Earl Jones was his hero as his initial goal was to be on Broadway.
At one point in the interview, Washington, who is 63, asks Jordan how old he is. When Jordan says 31, Washington replies, “Man, I got underwear older than that.” When Galanes asks Washington why he never took on a superhero role, Washington says, “Nobody asked.”