Over the last 20 years, Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua have both solidified extraordinary reputations in contemporary film. Their working partnership started with the blockbuster movie Training Day, for which Fuqua served as director and Washington won an Oscar for his performance as LAPD narcotics officer Alonzo. Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua are both seasoned filmmakers, and Training Day’s success can be directly attributed to it. However, Washington stated to The Hollywood Reporter that he thinks there was a significant change in the script of Training Day, specifically the skin tone of the character he ended up playing.
It wasn’t written for a Black man, in my opinion. According to Washington, it was more like a person wearing a plaid shirt who had beer bottles in the back. Gangster was introduced to it by Antoine. Denzel Washington excels in Training Day as Alonzo, a long-serving undercover narcotics investigator tasked with looking into crime in inner cities. Ethan Hawke plays Jake Hoyt, who is accompanied by Alonzo on his first day of work and is taken under his wing. Hoyt bears witness to Alonzo’s dubious morals and serves as the audience’s interpreter as they decide if Alonzo’s acts are acceptable. It goes without saying that without Washington, the movie wouldn’t have been as successful and moviegoers would likely not have gotten to enjoy the several films that Washington and Fuqua collaborated on after Training Day.
When Antoine Fuqua decided to attend film school in New York instead of pursuing an idealistic sports career, the road to working with Denzel Washington started. Before releasing his debut feature film, The Replacement Killers in 1998, the former Pittsburgh native went on to have a productive phase in the mid-1990s, creating music videos for musicians like Prince on his legendary hit The Most Beautiful Girl In the World. The reason for working with Fuqua, according to Washington, was The Replacement Killers: “Hey, this guy can shoot. I reasoned that a nice combination would result if he can shoot and I can act. Washington made his feature film debut in the 1981 comedy Carbon Copy, launching his career in movies a decade before Fuqua. At the other end of the decade, Washington’s Oscar-winning portrayal of the fugitive slave Tripp in the Civil War epic Glory made the world aware of his acting talent.