The Hollywood icon got out of his car, talked to the man, and brought him to safety on the sidewalk.
Oscar-winner Denzel Washington was driving around West Hollywood on Thursday afternoon when he spotted a man who seemed to be in distress. The actor is just as wonderful off-screen as he is on screen, as he stopped his car to the shoulder of the road and got out to see if he could assist the man. According to the Daily Mail, the man appeared to be homeless and was dangerously close to oncoming traffic. TMZ reported that the actor stopped to see if he could get him out of danger.
The 65-year-old was dressed in a protective medical mask, a grey T-shirt, black basketball shorts, and a baseball cap. He appeared to comfort the man and managed to get him safely on to the sidewalk while someone else phoned a police officer. When officers arrived at the scene Denzel seemed to be talking on behalf of the man. He even places a hand on the man's shoulder in support and sticking by him while the police did their job. The actor offered to buy the man a sandwich and also a face mask to protect the man from the pandemic as he wasn't wearing one, to begin with. The man had to be detained briefly and was placed in handcuffs for an unknown reason but later released. Denzel was reportedly by his side through the whole ordeal.
Denzel Washington walked the man, who did not appear to recognize the actor, to safety and comforted him. Washington stayed on the scene when police arrived. https://t.co/1dWifehOG4— DIMAS 👁 (@dimas_______) May 23, 2020
Denzel Washington is said to be one of Hollywood's most generous people. He has donated to many charities like the Fisher House, which helps military families. He also pledged $1 million to the Wiley College debate team, which served as the inspiration for the actor's film: the 2007 drama The Great Debaters. Denzel and his wife also helped actor Omari Hardwick of Power fame and opened their home to him. “They gave me shelter when I didn’t have a place to stay,” he said during a 2016 appearance on The Real, explaining that Washington and his wife Pauletta stepped in after a television series he had been cast in didn’t work out. After going broke, the actor began living in his car and “showering at the YMCA.” "Pauletta Washington paid, and this is the first time I've ever probably said it on camera, she paid for my car, you know, to not be taken back. They paid for it," Omari recalled. "She called and said, 'I got to get down Denzel's approval first', but he was like 'all good.' When I finally paid him that check back, it was big. They framed that check."
According to Forbes, the couple has raised millions for The Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and started a multi-million-dollar effort to renovate playwright August Wilson’s childhood home. The actor shared that he lost some of his closest friends when they ended up in jail or worse. He credits The Boys & Girls Club for providing a safe place for him to be inspired and learn right from wrong. When Denzel was asked how his creative work connects to his charitable work, he replied, "I get so much joy anyway as an actor and especially as a director seeing others do well. So being involved in the club, I’m seeing young men and women express themselves and talk about their dreams and hopes and how they want to lead us forward as a country. It’s inspiring to me to know that we are in good hands."
Denzel 💕 best husband , actor , father and human ! He’s the best ❤️— lisa dawn mccoy (@lisadmccoy76) May 22, 2020
Denzel Washington wouldn’t be where he is today without the love and support of his wife Pauletta, reports People. Last year, he shared a touching tribute to his longtime love when he was given the American Film Institute’s life achievement award. The pair along with two of their adult children, Malcolm, 28, and Katia Washington, 31, attended the event. Pauletta is the “most important person in my life,” he said adding that the pair “were nine when we got together.” he continued, reflecting on their enduring romance. “40 years of sacrifice. 40 years of forgiveness. She taught me about faith, spirituality, love, real love, unwavering love, in spite of myself.” “I would not be alive without Pauletta Washington,” he added. “I wouldn’t survive.”