The Yankees have a lot of celebrity fans, but Denzel Washington is no bandwagon guy. He doesn’t show up at the Stadium just because he has a movie to plug. He doesn’t pretend to hang out with Jeter or A-Rod. And he doesn’t ride parade floats acting like he’s a member of the team. (Hello? Jay-Z?) He’s a fan, pure and simple, and I love him for it. I also love him because he’s gifted, not to mention gorgeous. He won the Best Actor Oscar for “Training Day,” but he also deserved it for playing Malcolm X and Hurricane Carter.
I was very excited when I turned on “Leno” last night and saw him promoting his new film, which sounds like a turkey but I’ll probably see it anyway. I was waiting for him to set up the clip for the movie when Jay said, “So you’re a big Yankee fan, right?”
For some reason I screamed at the word “Yankee.” My husband came running into the room and said, “Who died?” I said, “No one. Denzel is about to talk about being a Yankee fan.”
The next thing I knew, Jay showed a picture of Denzel in his Yankees cap and…..onto the stage came CC, who made Denzel look like a toothpick! I flipped out when I saw this.
It took me awhile to recover. I mean, it’s the off-season and there’s not much going on. Any sighting of a Yankee makes my day, my week, my month. But Denzel’s appearance on the show reminded me that several years ago he acquired the rights to Dwight Gooden’s story and intended to star in a biopic about the pitcher.
(You go, Bernie!) The project went the route of most Hollywood movies-to-be, which is nowhere. But can you imagine how perfect Denzel would have been in the role? It would have brought him another Oscar for sure.