For all of the basketball fans out there, the debate on whether Michael Jordan or Lebron James is the greatest of all time rages on. During the promotional tour of his latest movie, The Equalizer 2, Denzel remained relatively silent on who was the greatest player.
However, what he did do, was tell an intriguing story worth hearing, but it was clearly a way of skirting around the question so he didn’t have to answer it, and potentially upset James or Jordan.
When chatting with Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the actor shared a story about the time he watched Jordan play “back in the day” along with the acclaimed director, Spike Lee.
Spike and Denzel got a chance to have dinner with him afterward too. Washington stated, “I was trying to get him drunk, trying to get him off his game.”
Check out the video below to watch Washington dance around the question:
After Kimmel pushed him on it, Washington remained silent and responded only with a smile: a smart move, because he wouldn’t want to upset the legion of basketball fans out there. As for his latest film, Denzel broke his own record, as he’s starring in a sequel of one of his own movies.
The Equalizer, which came out in 2014, was based on the television series of the same name. The sequel is scheduled for theaters on the 20th of July and features the likes of Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, and Denzel.
Back in May 2018, Box Office Magazine predicted the movie would make around $15-25$ million in its first weekend domestically, and then around $60 million total after its full run.
However, earlier in the week, industry tracking analysts speculated the film would earn around $27-$33 million. Will The Equalizer 2 earn him another Oscar nomination? If it did, it would be his 10th in total.