Denzel Washington recalls racial discrimination

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Sep 08, 2014 15:47 IST

Hollywood star Denzel Washington, who was at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival to promote his film The Equalizer, opened up about racist incidents he experienced in Boston where the movie was filmed.

Washington, 59, shared that he was involved in a physical fight due to racial profiling years ago, reported Ace Showbiz.

"The last real fight I had was in Boston. Back then, I was visiting my wife Pauletta Pearson who was having a show in the area. I came up to visit her and security tried to suggest that I was a pimp and she was a prostitute and I couldn't stay in the room," the actor recalled.

"Security came to the door. I wasn't boxing then. I didn't know how to fight but I knew how to win. I knew how to win! There's a difference. But that was the taste... and walking to her show one night being called the uncomfortable word (sic). So I came there with those memories," he added.

The Equalizer tells the story of a former black ops commando named Robert McCall who wants to live a quiet life.

The thriller also stars Chloe Moretz, Melissa Leo, Marton Csokas and Bill Pullman and is set to hit US theatres on September 26.

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