Denzel Washington’s first gig as a scary, badass police officer

We missed the boat on Denzel’s appearance at the Mount Vernon Boy’s & Girl’s Club over Thanksgiving weekend, but it’s never too late to play up the star’s Westchester roots. To wit: Check out this audio clip on People.com with Denzel talking about how, during a trip with the Boy’s Club in the 1960s, he was chosen to play police commissioner for a day. And judging by the deadly serious look on his face, even in grade school he was training to be same badass we all know and love from “Training Day.”

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Support Your Neighbors … at the Movies

Our weekly rundown on which local stars have films in the multiplexes right now:

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• “The Architect” is one of those rare films released simultaneously in theaters and on DVD, and it stars Palisades native Hayden Panettiere, aka the Cheerleader from NBC’s “Heroes.” (Metacritic score: 48)

• “Apocalypto,” the subtitled, ultra-gory Mayan epic from Mel Gibson — born and raised in Peekskill — also opens today. (Metacritic score: 72)

• “Deja Vu,” the latest film from Mount Vernon’s hometown hero Denzel Washington is going on its second week in theaters, and with a little help from you can stay in the top five. (Metacritic score: 59)

• “Unaccompanied Minors” stars Yonkers’ Tyler James Williams (aka the young Chris Rock on “Everybody Hates Chris”). If you haven’t already, be sure to see our in-depth analysis of how it stacks up against “Home Alone.” (Metacritic score: 43)