Denzel Washington's father, Reverend Denzel Hayes Washington Sr., served as an ordained Pentecostal minister. "He had his own church, and it was a long Sunday, because you had to be there all day," Denzel told GQ magazine of his father's vocation. The actor has said he even considered becoming a preacher himself. "A part of me still says, 'Maybe, Denzel, you're supposed to preach. Maybe you're still compromising,'" he's said. "I've had an opportunity to play great men and, through their words, to preach. I take what talent I've been given seriously, and I want to use it for good."