“Training Day” star Denzel Washington had nothing but praise for the law enforcement officers who “sacrifice their lives” for public safety.
While discussing his role as a Deputy Sheriff who chases after a Los Angeles serial killer in his new HBO Max film “The Little Things,” Washington recalled riding along with a patrol sergeant nearly two decades in preparation for his role in 1991’s “Ricochet.”
“I went out on call with a sergeant. We got a call of a man outside his house with a rifle that was distraught. We pulled up and did a U-turn past the house and came up short of the house. He told me to sit in the car, which I was gonna do. I wasn’t getting out,” he remarked. “He got out. As he got out, another car came screaming up and two young people jumped out screaming. As it turned out, it was their grandfather. This policeman defused the entire situation by just remaining calm.”
The officer, James Craig, is now the Chief of the Detroit Police Department. “I never forgot that eight-hour ride-along with [Washington.] And I got to tell you, I applaud you, an A-list actor, a professional steps up and acknowledges,” he told Fox & Friends.
When asked how he felt about portraying a police officer in an era where law enforcement officials have come under attack, Washington replied, “I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, [people] that sacrifice their lives. I just don’t care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren’t for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do.”
“He talks about George Floyd. But he also acknowledges the vast majority of men and women, both military and police, do a phenomenal job. And he remembered that incident when we worked together on that day. And he also remembered me telling him to stay in the car and I’m going to handle this and it ended without incident,” Craig gushed. “But that touched me and I certainly appreciate him after that.”