Katie Couric has interviewed a lot of people over her career as a television host, but one famous interview in particular sticks out in her mind for all the wrong reasons years later.
Couric recalls interviewing Hollywood A-list star Denzel Washington for his 2004 film The Manchurian Candidate during an appearance with the “Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino” podcast this week. When Couric asked Washington if “Hollywood folks should stick to acting,” the “Dateline NBC” discussion swiftly devolved.
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Denzel despises the press. He believes they distort facts and promote false information, which Katie would have understood 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 may see stars on the street. I’m not familiar with anyone from that area. As a result, I don’t consider you to be a “type” of person. I’m not one of those Hollywood types. I have no idea who they are.”
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“Are you one of those people who –” Couric attempted to restate the question, 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 replied, “Oh, stop.”
“ What you just said was heard by me. ‘Am I one of those individuals?’ Washington said, “No, I’m not.”
“Are you an actress who prefers not to –” Couric attempted to restate her question, but was interrupted for the second time.
“No, I’m not like that. I am a living being. “Acting is my job,” Washington explained.
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 moment. “I’m not sure what happened.”
“I suppose he was having a horrible day because he subsequently wrote a huge check to my colon cancer charity, which I thought was incredibly sweet,” she continued. “I adore him, and I aspire to be like him. He’s one of my favorite performers, but I remember coming out of the theater feeling a little spooked because he’d gone after me in an oddly uncalled-for manner.”
I don’t know about you, but I think Denzel did a fantastic job with this.
These reporters should begin to feel “shaken” and fearful of asking stupid inquiries.