TV - Movies
The Character You
Likely Forgot
Denzel
Washington
Played In Power
By NIKKI MUNOZ
Denzel Washington is widely considered one of the greatest living actors. The acclaimed actor has 60 acting credits to his name, so it's easy to lose track of all that Washington has accomplished in his career — which is why you may have forgotten that he appeared in the 1986 political drama "Power."
“Power" was helmed by legendary director Sidney Lumet and the movie introduces us to Pete St. John (Richard Gere), a media consultant who works with a slew of corrupt politicians. Washington plays public relations expert Arnold Billings who tampers with St. John's investigation on businessman turned aspiring senator Jerome Cade (J.T. Walsh).
In 2021, Rolling Stone Australia ranked every single Washington performance and placed "Power" in spot 39 (out of 48 total). Bilge Ebiri and David Fear of the publication wrote, "He's just there to be calm, slick, and menacing, but it's still fun to see Denzel play a smooth corporate villain."