Denzel Gives Away a Rolls-Royce
Turns out crime does pay. In fact, it pays a lot.
The movie title is “American Gangster,” and its coming to a theatre near you soon, staring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.
Mr. Washington’s character is modeled on one Frank Lucas. Lucas was, in the 1970’s, a Harlem heroin dealer. By Lucas’s own estimation, he was grossing about a million dollars A DAY.
Eventually, the feds sent him to prison – with a 70 year sentence.
So, ever the pragmatic man, Lucas promptly started ratting on anyone he ever knew, and got out 65 years early. It didn’t hold, though: he got busted again and got a 7 year sentence that time.
But he’s been out since the ‘90’s.
And Denzel Washington was so grateful for Lucas’s assistance in helping Washington play the role in the movie that, once filming was over, Washington gave – gave – Lucas, a Rolls-Royce.
Yes, crime certainly can have its rewards.
But, as a sidelight, so can being a movie star.
Washington got paid $20 million for the role. Twice.
Yes, he got paid several years ago when the project was cancelled just before filming was to begin – a so-called “pay or play” contract – and he got paid again for doing it this time.
He could afford the Rolls. Anyway, its probably tax deductible.