Has actor Denzel Washington said that he "won't go woke" for a new role? No, that's not true: There is no evidence that Washington ever publicly said this. This statement appeared on a self-identified satire website.
The claim originated in an article published by The Dunning-Kruger Times on January 3, 2024, titled "Denzel Washington Has One Rule When He Takes On a New Role: 'I Won't Go Woke'" (archived here). It began:
When you're a world-class actor with multiple awards under your belt, you have the luxury of choosing what roles you'll take -- or better yet -- what roles you'll even consider.
For Denzel Washington, the choice is simple, as long as the script follows his one rule: 'I won't go woke.' Casting directors politely tell the actor if a role will likely cross that line so nobody wastes anyone's time with auditions and callbacks.
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Denzel doesn't need to compromise his principles to find work.
Not a rule
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