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Denzel Washington Talks About Racism in Boston, Wants To Play James Bond

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Oscar Award-winning actor Denzel Washington recently admitted to reporters at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival that he experienced racial prejudice in Boston where his recent flick "The Equalizer" was filmed. Washington spoke during a press conference held on Sunday, September 7.

He shared that his last "real fight" happened in Boston when he was visiting his wife Pauletta Pearson years ago. Pearson, an actress, was starring in a show in the city at that time. "I came up to visit her and security tried to suggest that I was a pimp and she was a prostitute and I couldn't stay in the room," the actor shared.

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Pearson and Washington have been married for 30 years.

The actor stated that he didn't know how to box then, but that he "knew how to win". He recalled that his memories of the city involved "walking to her [Pauletta's] show one night being called a 'n****r'". 

On the other hand, Antoine Fuqua, Washington's friend and director of the movie and Washington's highly-acclaimed 2001 flick "Training Day", said that he actually fell in love with Boston, saying "Boston's great. It's a blue-collar town. It's a great town to shoot this film in."

"The Equalizer", which is set to open in the United States on September 26, is about the story of Robert McCall, a former black ops commando who seeks a quiet, simple life.

The thriller also stars Chloe Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo and, Bill Pullman.

On a lighter note, a Reddit user asked during the "Ask Me Anything" session if Washington would be interested in playing James Bond. The 59-year old actor answered "yes", stating "Yes I would! Who's doing James Bond now - Daniel Craig! Everybody should tweet Denzel is James Bond! We start the Denzel is Bond campaign today!"

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