Denzel Washington Faced Hecklers On Broadway

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July 6, 2014 | 9:25am EST

Hollywood actor Denzel Washington faced regular heckling from the audience while he was performing in A Raisin In The Sun on Broadway, according to his co-star Sophie Okonedo.
The British actress, who won a Tony Award last month for her turn in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed play, starred opposite the Oscar winner during the run, and admits working with such a famous actor had its drawbacks.
Despite the serious nature of the drama, fans would yell out at Washington throughout the performance, and a kissing scene often prompted banter from the crowd.
Okonedo tells British newspaper The Guardian, “People would should out: ‘Don’t, Denzel!’ or ‘You can’t treat her like that!’ At one point, Denzel and I have a kiss on stage and a woman shouted out, from the gods, ‘Forget her – I’m up here!’”
The drama, which also won Best Revival of a Play at the Tony Awards, closed last month.

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