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Denzel Washington the 57 year-old thespian is covering the October issue of GQ magazine. In the article he discusses the first memories of being onstage, faith in his life, his thoughts on President Obama  and how he felt when he heard the news that Whitney Houston died.

Here are a few excerpts from the article:

First Time Onstage:

“I was around 7, 8, whatever I was. We did a talent show at the Boys Club. Me and another guy, Wayne Bridges—God rest his soul—he’s the father of Chris Bridges, Ludacris. We decided to be the Beatles. So we went to John’s Bargain Store and bought fake guitars and wigs and did ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand.’”

Staying Spiritual Fit:

“I read from the Bible every day, and I read my Daily Word. I read something great yesterday. It said, ‘Don’t aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference. I remember getting the holy ghost it  was thirty years ago, at the church I still attend. The minister was preaching, ‘Just let it go.’ I said, I’m going to go with it.’ And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience. It did frighten me. I was slobbering, crying, sweating. My cheeks blew up. I was purging. It was too intense. It almost drove me away. I called my mother, and she said I was being filled with the Holy Spirit. I was like, ‘Does that mean I can never have wine again?’”

 Whitney Houston Passing:

“Whitney was my girl, and she had done so well in recovery. And that is the toughest part about addiction.”

Thoughts On Obama:

“Well, the story’s not told yet. He’s in the beginning of the third quarter. I don’t know what his legacy is yet. He’s the first—that’s a part of it. Like Jackie Robinson. But it just wasn’t the first game; it was lasting the whole thing.

Make sure you pick up your copy of GQ.

Denzel is also starring in “Flight” as a pilot who successfully crash lands his airplane after a mid-air catastrophe, only to be questioned in the wake of the incident which hits theaters on November 9. 

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