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Denzel Washington: It Was Survival Instinct— Not Acrophobia—That Kept Me from Tumbling

Don’t ever insinuate that Denzel Washington is a fraidy cat—lest you want to incur the wrath of one of Hollywood’s most powerful leading men.

Interviewed on Keeping it Reel, the two-time Oscar winner discusses the perils of making Unstoppable, director Tony Scott‘s new thriller, about a runaway train loaded with toxic cargo.

CAPTION: "It's just a good, action, intense kinda scary ride," Denzel (above) tells us of ‘Unstoppable.'

"It's just a good, action, intense kinda scary ride," Denzel (above) tells us of 'Unstoppable.'

“Fifty miles an hour—I’m running across the top of a train, hanging off the side of it,” Denzel, who plays a veteran engineer trying to prevent the locomotive from hurling into a heavily-populated area, tells host Tim Gordon.

“And I want you to know, it was really me up there. It’s crazy. Insane. I was standing up there and we’re picking up speed and I have to run across the top of it.

“And I’m going, ‘What am I doing with a helicopter flying 10 feet over my head?’

“But you know, it’s fun—now that it’s over,” he adds

When Tim asks if Denzel has a fear of heights, however, the superstar Continue reading

Tyler Perry: Whoopi Goldberg Got Me Thinking about ‘Colored Girls’

What Whoopi Goldberg wants, Whoopi Goldberg gets, including Tyler Perry—after an epic wait, that is.

Interviewed on Keeping it Reel, Tyler discusses how he finally came to write, produce and direct a big-screen version of Ntozake Shange‘s iconic 1975 stage play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

CAPTION: "I'm greatful to God every day," Tyler (above) tells us of his loyal audience.

"I'm grateful to God every day," Tyler (above) tells us of his passionate, loyal audience.

“It haunted me. It kept coming to me. About five, six years ago, somebody at William Morris asked me if I was interested in doing it, I said no,” the Hollywood powerhouse—whose films to date have grossed more than $400 million worldwide—tells host Tim Gordon.

“Then Whoopi Goldberg called me about four years ago and asked me if I wanted to do it on Broadway, and I said no. And I’m still not payin’ attention. They’re sayin’ For Colored Girls, and I didn’t know anything about it.

“And then somebody else called—these are all random people over a course of five or six years—so I finally said, Continue reading