UPDATE: Now I hear Denzel Washington is considering directing a film version of Fences. (Bravo!) The last time he helmed a pic was The Great Debaters in 2007 and, of course, Antwone Fisher in 2002. The toughest thing when great movie stars head to Broadway is that their performances live in the moment. At Monday’s Broadway premiere of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences that was unusually packed with Hollywood faces, the buzz was whether a movie will be made out of the triumphant performances by Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chris Chalk, and Russell Hornsby. Well, if they aren’t thinking movie, they should start. The fiery moments between Washington and Davis alone are gold and worth preserving for posterity. Washington brings a virility and defiance to embittered protagonist Troy Maxson, and Davis drew audible sympathy from the crowd for her portrayal of his long-suffering wife. The movie crowd at the Bryant Park Grill included Scott Rudin (who produced the play with Carole Shorenstein Hays), Spike Lee, Mike Nichols, Nora Ephron and Nick Pileggi, WME toppers Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, producers like Scott Stuber and directors like Peter Berg, who huddled with Universal honcho Jimmy Horowitz to discuss the logistics of their upcoming tent pole film Battleship. Also spotted were actors like The Hurt Locker‘s Anthony Mackie, James Gandolfini, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Chris Rock and Precious star Gabourey Sidibe.
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