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Denzel Washington turns NYT interview into Christian sermon: 'In heaven, there are going to be two lines, the long line and the short line, and I’m interested in being in the short line'

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Actor Denzel Washington, 66, spared no details on his Christian faith during a recent interview with the New York Times.

What are the details?

For a discussion about his latest film, "The Tragedy of Macbeth," Washington told Times interviewer Maureen Dowd that his sole focus for his remaining time on earth is to "attempt to honor" his late grandmother and God by "living the rest of my days in a way that would make her proud."

Washington explained that the rigors of Hollywood — which can often leave its players feeling empty and unfulfilled — don't faze him and that he receives whole fulfillment from above.

"If you don't have a spiritual anchor you'll be easily blown by the wind and you'll be led to depression," he told Dowd.

He later added, "I'm a God-fearing man. I try not to worry. Fear is contaminated faith."

Washington later began proselytizing to Dowd and suggested that she pick up a Bible to discover just how deeply it relates to her life and even download a Christian Bible app.

"Start with the New Testament, because the Old Testament is harder," he advised. "You get caught up in the who-begot-who-begot-who thing."

He also shut down racial division in Hollywood and across the country.

"Hollywood is a street," the actor responded, noting that he has "nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies."

He added, "I live in Los Angeles. I don't live in Hollywood. I don't know what Hollywood thinks. It's not like it's a bunch of people who get together on Tuesdays."

The thespian later concluded the interview by stating that sin is the ultimate cause of division both within ourselves and in our communities.

“The enemy is the inner me," he said. "The Bible says in the last days — I don’t know if it’s the last days, it’s not my place to know — but it says we’ll be lovers of ourselves. The No. 1 photograph today is a selfie, ‘Oh, me at the protest.’ ‘Me with the fire.’ ‘Follow me.’ ‘Listen to me.’ We’re living in a time where people are willing to do anything to get followed. What is the long- or short-term effect of too much information? It’s going fast and it can be manipulated, obviously, in a myriad of ways. And people are led like sheep to slaughter.”

He added, “In heaven, there are going to be two lines, the long line and the short line, and I’m interested in being in the short line.”

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article erroneous stated Washington's age as 63 when he is, in fact, 66 years old.

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