Denzel Washington Got Blown Away by Charles Bronson in His First Film Role
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Denzel Washington Got Blown Away by Charles Bronson in His First Film Role

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | November 2, 2012 | Comments ()


Flight comes out today, and I'll have a review this afternoon, just as soon as I take in a screening. I love me some Denzel, too. There may be better actors (not many), they're more be more likable people (not many), but almost no one commands the screen more than Denzel. The man is magnetic.

Anyway, ahead of today's release of Flight, here's a look back at 18-year-old Denzel's first ever screen role, back in the day when black people were asked all too often to play ally thugs. It's a brief moment, but Denzel takes a bullet like a motherf*cker.


I tried to find video of the first movie role of John Goodman, who is also in Flight, and who is also a commanding screen presence, but unfortunately, it doesn't seem to exist. However, there is a one-minute clip from the film, and it is pretty much what you'd expect from a movie called Jailbait Baysitter.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Salzigtal

    Add Jeff Goldblum (Freak #1) Death Wish (1974) to the list of actors who went on to bigger & better (The Fly (1986) & Earth Girls Are Easy (1988) not withstanding) things post-Death Wish thugdom.

  • googergieger

    Wait does the babysitter, baby sit jailbait? Or is the babysitter someone that one would consider jailbait? Cause I mean it does make a difference. Like when I grow out my beard and end up looking like a hobo rapist. By which I mean a hobo that rapes, not a rapist that specifically targets hobos. Then again, I don't have much experience with either of them, so who knows.

  • ashipper

    I remember John Goodman being a hunky guy in a Levi's commercial in the early 70's. He's on a stage that's made up to look like beams on a sky scraper that is being built. He talks about how great his Levi's are and he was quite the handsome fellow.

  • e jerry powell

    I remember the first time I was asked to play a thug. After the second time, though, I figured it was time to blow off acting and stick to playing in the symphony.

  • blacksred

    Laurence Fishbourne also played a street thug blown away by Charles Bronson - We watch the Death Wishes alot

  • Fredo

    "Ally thugs"? Did you mean alley thugs? Or are these thugs allied to some darker, more nefarious power? OR are they thugs hired by start-up banking company, Ally Bank? OR could they be the thugs of Ally McBeal's gang, who after the show went off the air, descended into the underworld and rules it now as a queen, snuffing out the lives of the just and the righteous for fun?

    Oh shit...Ally's thugs are behind me, aren't they?

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  • Pookie

    Rowles, you had me at my first banning.

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