September 27, 2016


Denzel Washington's 'Fences' Trailer: Is This 2016's Most Powerful Film?

Aren't trailers set to one long monologue the best? Aren't Denzel Washington and Viola Davis the best?

Yes, and yes. Now it's time for you to watch the first trailer for Fences, starring and directed by Denzel, adapted from August Wilson's '50s-set, Pulitzer-winning play of the same name. Washington and Davis starred in a Broadway revival of the story in 2010, each winning Best Actor/Actress at the Tonys. (The show was nominated for 10 in total.) Fences will mark Washington's third time behind the camera, following 2002's Antwone Fisher and '07's The Great Debaters.

The Fences trailer focuses on Washington's Troy Maxson, a baseball player turned trash collector, responding to his son's question, "How come you ain't never liked me?" Tucked inside his impassioned response is the advice, "Now don't you go through life worrying about whether somebody like you or not. You best be making sure that they're doing right by you."

Fences opened on Broadway in 1987 with James Earl Jones and Mary Alice in the title roles (for which they both won Tonys, too) and Courtney B. Vance as their son. The movie opens on Christmas Day.