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Denzel Washington on ‘Raisin’ and Sidney Poitier


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"No, you can’t have a baby at 5 but I don’t think you can have one at 9, either," jokes Washington. "That’s acting. She’s my mom and I’m her son."

This time on Broadway, Washington has changed a few things, starting with his Playbill bio, which had grown unwieldy. He sliced it down: "It was really blowing my own horn," he says. "I don’t need to advertise. I got the part."

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He also dedicates his performance to the late Tony Scott, who directed Washington in such films as "Crimson Tide" and "Man on Fire" and committed suicide in 2012. "I thought about Tony and I wanted to mention Tony," says Washington.

His mother, who turned 90 on Saturday, plans to come to New York to see her son in the play and another who has promised to come and cheer is none other than Poitier. "I said to him, ‘Don’t come early,’" Washington says. "He said, ‘No, I’m coming.’ I said, ‘Not early. And don’t tell me when.’"

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