"I read the Bible every day. I'm in my second pass-through now, in the Book of John... It's better the second time around."
For the second year in a row, Denzel Washington has been voted America's favorite movie star. In this year's Harris Poll, Tom Hanks is number two, also for the second straight year. Johnny Depp has jumped from seventh place to third, while Julia Roberts and Will Smith are in fourth and fifth place.
And apparently you don't even have to be alive to be one of America's favorite movie stars. John Wayne is sixth on the list.
Matt Damon and Sean Connery are tied for seventh, while Sandra Bullock and Bruce Willis round out the list.
Few stars are as downright likable and appealing as Denzel Washington. He has proven his acting ability by playing bad characters, but he seems to have an innate graciousness.
Washington is also a believer, and in a December 2007 interview with Reader's Digest, he said he reads the Bible every day: "I'm in my second pass-through now, in the Book of John. My pastor told me to start with the New Testament, so I did, maybe two years ago. Worked my way through it, then through the Old Testament. Now I'm back in the New Testament. It's better the second time around."
This article talks more about Denzel's faith...and does briefly raise the question of how a believer can appear in movies that do contain graphic violence, nudity and profanity.
Washington is currently appearing in the movie The Great Debaters.