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Actor Corey Hawkins Says Working with Denzel Washington Pushed Him

Actor Corey Hawkins has been making a name for himself in Hollywood after getting a few noteworthy roles in films in the last couple of years.

Hawkins first breakout role in “Straight Outta Compton,” where he played rap group N.W.A’s Dr. Dre. Then the Juilliard-trained actor got roles in “Kong: Skull Island,” “The Walking Dead,” “In the Heights,” and now the film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” starring opposite of Denzel Washington.

Working with the superstar actor is a dream come true for many in the movie industry. Hawkins is grateful to work with the actor and call him a mentor.

“I’m incredibly grateful to that man,” Hawkins said this month on “Variety’s Awards Circuit” podcast while talking about his his experience on the set of “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” which is set for a Christmas Day release.

“I’ve known him before this, but to actually share a screen with him, to actually share a space, to sit down in his dressing room and just talk, pray, listen you know just talk sports whatever, you know to actually know the man that’s the thing to me that — you they say never to meet your heroes but to finally dispel that rumor, man, ’cause he is the greatest of all time.”

He added, “I love that I get to walk in his footsteps, but I know I can never fill that man’s shoes.” Hawkins explained that working With Washington means being prepared for the unexpected and having a willingness to grow in their craft.

“He keeps surprising not only himself but obviously everybody else. First of all, you better bring your A-game with working with D. He doesn’t suffer fools and he comes ready to work, and you better come ready to work — you have a good time working as well, but for me this was a joy. I’m thankful to be on this path and to have him as a mentor.”

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