HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 06:  Denzel Washington attends the American Film Institute's 47th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute To Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/FilmMagic)
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Denzel Washington has had a career in Hollywood and on the stage that any actor in the world would love to have. However, we do know that two movies, in particular, are sources of remorse for him.
In a 2012 interview with GQ, Washington was asked if there were any roles he regretted turning down, and his straightforward answers were "'Se7en' and 'Michael Clayton.'" Washington didn’t go into a lot of detail about his would-be involvement in David Fincher's breakthrough thriller "Se7en," but presumably, he would have been offered the role that eventually went to Brad Pitt.
However, he did elaborate a bit on his reasons for not taking the titular role in "Michael Clayton," which ended up going to George Clooney. He said, "With 'Clayton,' it was the best material I had read in a long time, but I was nervous about a first-time director, and I was wrong. It happens."