Just because Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington always plays such phenomenal villains in the movies doesn’t mean he’s a baddie in real life. In fact, quite the opposite. One example: For the premiere of his upcoming crime drama “American Gangster” on October 19, AllHipHop reports that he arranged for all the proceeds to be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of America.
You may remember that Washington is a huge advocate for the B&G Clubs — in particular the Mount Vernon chapter, which he grew up with — and has been the group’s national spokesperson for the past 15 years.
If you haven’t seen the movie’s trailer yet, be sure to check it out (YouTube link). It appears to be Washington’s best bad-guy part yet, with him playing a 1970’s crime lord who smuggles heroin in the coffins of American soldiers returning from Vietnam. And Russell Crowe plays the detective trying to take him down. The movie goes wide on November 2.
Fun fact: Russell Crowe lived over in Nyack, at the Pretty Penny estate, while the movie was filming locally.