Denzel Washington Nearly Losing 'The Book of Eli' Role


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Denzel Washington was almost losing his leading role in 'The Book of Eli' since the filmmaker feared that African-American star doesn't travel internationally.

Movie executives behind Denzel Washington's new movie "The Book of Eli" had reservations about casting the Oscar winner in the lead role - because they feared the African-American star was not bankable enough across the globe. Filmmaker Allen Hughes and his brother Albert direct Washington in the post-apocalyptic action film, but Allen reveals they had to fight to have the "Training Day" star cast as Eli.

He tells the New York Post, "I'm not gonna front - Denzel's black. His numbers are great, but internationally, does black travel? That's what really was going on. (The studio) was crunching the numbers."

The movie, which also stars Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis, opens in the U.S. on Friday, January 15. The big screen project follows a lone warrior named Eli, played by Denzel Washington, who fights across the desolate wasteland to realize his destiny and to save the future of humanity.

© AceShowbiz.com


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