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Denzel Washington is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, and he credits his mother for setting him on a straight path. Washington who is promoting, “Magnificent Seven” and sat down with ABC News to talk about his childhood. “I was mischievous. My three closest friends did quite a bit of time [in jail] … decades.”
Denzel’s mother, Lennis kept him out of jail and in private school, he says she “had enough sense to get me out of that situation before it was going to be my turn.” He adds, “I was what they call ‘throwing rocks at the penitentiary,’ but I never hit it. I never got caught … But I also knew right from wrong, so I never wanted to go too far. I’d dip my toe in the water.” But in 9th grade Lennis put her son in private school, but his friend were not so lucky.”One did 28 years [behind bars], one did 20 and the other did 12,” the Oscar winner says. “One is dead … the other two are out.” So what would he say to his teenage self now—-“Listen to your mother!”
A positive influence can take people so far!
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