Katie Couric has interviewed a lot of celebrities throughout her career as a television host, but one celebrity interview in particular sticks out in her mind for all the wrong reasons years later.
Couric recalled interviewing Hollywood A-list star Denzel Washington for his 2004 film The Manchurian Candidate during an interview with the “Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino” podcast this week. When Couric asked Washington if “Hollywood folks could stick to acting,” the “Dateline NBC” interview quickly devolved.
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Denzel despises the press. He believes they distort facts and spread false information, which Katie would have learned if she had done her homework.
According to Fox News, Washington retorted, “First of all, I don’t know what Hollywood folks are.” “Hollywood is a town where you can see stars on the street. I’m not familiar with anyone from that region. As a result, I don’t consider you to be a “kind” of person. I’m not one of those Hollywood types. I have no idea who they are.”
“Are you one of those people who –” Couric started to rephrase the issue, but Washington cut her off.
“Ah, there you have it. Is it possible that I am one of those people? “Isn’t that intriguing?” says the narrator. When he interjected, Couric said, “Oh, stop, stop, stop.”
“What you just said was noticed by me. ‘Am I one of those individuals?’ Washington responded, “No, I’m not.”
“Are you an actor who prefers not to –” Couric attempted to rephrase her inquiry, but was interrupted for the second time.
“No, I’m not like that. I am a living being. “Acting is my job,” Washington said.
Couric discussed how “uncomfortable” the interview made her feel during her appearance on the podcast.
“I believe he misinterpreted a question I asked and jumped all over me,” she explained. “Because he was doing it with Meryl Streep, it was so uncomfortable…”
“I don’t think I said anything wrong,” Couric recalled thinking at the time. “I’m not sure what happened.”
“I guess he was having a bad day because he later wrote a huge check to my colon cancer group, which I thought was very sweet,” she continued. “I adore him, and I aspire to be like him. He’s one of my favorite actors, but I recall coming out of the theater feeling a little rattled because he’d gone after me in an oddly uncalled-for manner.”