Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in Fences from Paramount Pictures. Directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson.

Denzel Washington with Viola Davis in his latest film, Fences

Double Oscar-winner Denzel Washington has told Bishop T D Jakes that his purpose in life is to serve God and other people.

In an interview with the US preacher on his daytime talk show, Washington explained: “I’m in the service business now… I’m here to serve God, here to serve my family.”

Washington admitted watching Jakes’s sermons from The Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas online: “In one of your sermons you talked about the enemy is the inner me. And I’ve kept that.”

The actor is the son of a former pastor of the Church of God in Christ, and has often spoken of his faith.

In a previous interview with GQ magazine, Denzel Washington recalled experiencing the Holy Spirit in a life-changing event: “That was 30 years ago, at the church I still attend. The minister was preaching, ‘Just let it go’. I said, ‘I’m going to go with it.’ And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience.”

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