“I said to somebody once... ‘I’ve been called a nigger more in the movies than I have my whole life.’ In one movie, I got called that more than I did in 40, 50 years on this planet!”
Elvis Mitchell, on his radio show “The Treatment” last week, interviewed Denzel Washington. Especially interesting is their discussion of the development of the “Great Debaters” script. Denzel explains why he toned down “the racist stuff.” And he describes how the story was improved by Horton Foote, the two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter.
Click here to hear a 2-minute excerpt of that interview on my Vox site.
To stream the entire half-hour program, follow this link to kcrw.com. Or you can download it from iTunes as a free podcast.