Denzel Washington, known for his memorable roles as military characters in films like “The Equalizer” series, “Courage Under Fire,” “Glory,” and “Crimson Tide,” has expressed a desire for more such roles. In an article, Blake Stilwell highlights five war movies that, although mediocre, would have been considerably enhanced with Washington’s presence, including some that would see a reunion with co-stars from his past films.
- Denzel Washington once expressed a desire to have roles in classics like “Full Metal Jacket” and “Platoon,” but the author argues that his talents might better enhance lesser-known war films.
- “Behind Enemy Lines” could have benefited from Denzel’s presence, offering a potential reunion scene with “Crimson Tide” co-star Gene Hackman.
- The 1990s film “Navy SEALs,” while deemed forgettable, might have had a lasting impact had Denzel been added to its cast.
- “U-571,” a WWII movie about capturing the Nazis’ Enigma coded messaging system, would have likely reached the acclaim of “Das Boot” with Denzel on board.
- “The Hurt Locker,” despite its Academy Award for Best Picture, could have been more compelling with Washington, potentially drawing parallels to his role in “Training Day.”