The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by August Wilson has been adapted into a film, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. In its first Broadway run, "Fences" won best play, best play, best leading actor (James Earl Jones), and best featured actress (Mary Alice). The 2010 revival won best revival, best leading actor (Washington), and best leading actress (Viola Davis).
The first trailer for the movie shows exactly why this powerhouse play raked in the awards. Washington stars as a 1950s-era former baseball player turned garbage truck driver who is worn down by life. Davis reprises her role as his put-upon wife.
The trailer leads with an intense, emotional scene of Washington dressing down his son after the teen asks him why his father never liked him. Bitterness and disappointment simmer until both Washington and Davis explode at each other. With awards season getting underway, "Fences" looks like it will be a major player, with possible nominations for the two leads.
"Fences" opens in theaters December 25.
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Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son's (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter. Read More