Denzel Washington reveals he did not cry at his mother’s funeral during emotional interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Denzel Washington revealed he did not cry at his mother’s funeral during an emotional interview on Wednesday’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The 66-year-old actor appeared on the program to promote his upcoming feature, The Tragedy of Macbeth, before the topic of conversation changed to that of his late mother Lennis, who passed away at the age of 97 this past June.
The performer became choked up during several points of the sit-down, and bluntly told the show’s host: ‘This is terrible!…I didn’t cry at her funeral.’
When Colbert asked why, Washington humorously expressed: ‘I guess I saved it up for you!’
The Training Day star made a point of noting that his mother had an especially long life and that he and his siblings were grateful for the time they were able to have with her.
He made a point of expressing that ‘she didn’t get cheated, nor did my brother and my sister and I.’
Washington then noted that the first time that he had experienced love was for his own mother.
A mother is a son’s first true love. A son, especially that first son, is a mother’s last true love,’ he stated.
The performer then noted that he came to understand that assertion upon seeing his own son interact with his mother at a young age.
He remarked: ‘You know when I knew that? When I saw my son, John David Washington, handle my wife. I don’t care what she does, she’s going, “All right, baby.”‘
Washington also pointed out that Lennis was a constant presence in his life right up until her passing.