Denzel Whitaker’s latest film, Abduction, is set for wide release on Sep. 23 and pairs him with some industry heavyweights, including Academy-Award-nominated director, John Singleton, Sigourney Weaver, Alfred Molina and fellow thespian/Twilight series star, Taylor Lautner. Excited about the film and other opportunities on the horizon, the 21-year-old Torrance, CA native recently spoke with Knowshi.com about his latest character and what makes him accept—or reject—possible movie roles.
LE LE SYMONE- This upcoming film, Abduction, sounds exciting, can you give readers a description of the plot without giving too much away?
DENZEL WHITAKER- (laughs) I’ll give you a really vague outline. Taylor Lautner’s character, Nathan, and my character, Gilly, are assigned a school project about child abductions: when Nathan looks at pictures on a website, one of them is shockingly familiar and….well, my character helps him to sort it all out. What he goes through is like being told that Santa Claus isn’t real, his whole world’s breaking down all around him and he doesn’t know who to trust.
LE LE-Wow, judging from the trailer and your description, I’m looking forward to that one! You’ve worked with Taylor before in your early years, did you all ‘click’ again on the set or was it awkward? And what was working with John Singleton like?
DENZEL- I hadn’t seen Taylor in about five years. We were always amongst the same groups of friends who’d hung out on the weekends and had the same acting classes. As soon as I walked into the audition, It was like we had just picked up where we’d left off, which was pretty cool. It was less acting and more just being friends during the filming, like old times. As a director, John is very hands-on in his method, but he does give the actors a lot of freedom by letting us play around with the dialogue, but if he didn’t like it, he’d just say ‘Nah man, that’s not working, just go back to what we did before.’
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