, and not just viola. viola and stephen henderson and -- >> you know you have seen him. denzel: he is him. constanza: and another thing, denzel, he did his homework. casting theater actors in the film makes for far more richness and relationships. denzel: you have got it. you have to be able to handle the language. if the actor cannot get around the language -- there is no improvising. you have got to hear it and know it and the music of it and know when to jump in, because there is some music to it. there is some rhythm to it, but it will not allow it. august will not allow it. charlie: owning the rights to it since about 1987, that is about 30 years. any trepidation about turning it into film, or you knew you had to do this? denzel: you never know. you never know. whatever i do next or whatever i did before it, you never know if it is going to work as a film. just because it says "screenplay" does not mean it is going to work. charlie: can you feel there is magic here? denzel: well, i knew i had a great piece of material. i knew i had a great actress. i knew we had delivered before,
. and not just viola. viola and stephen henderson and russell -- >> rose: when you see him, you know you've seen him, he's one of those people. >> he is bono. >> rose: he is. ( laughter ) >> another thing, he did his homework and having done 114 performances and casting theater, actors in the film makes for more richness and relationships. >> you got it. you have to be able to handle the language. if the actor or it seems to me can't get their mouth around the language, there's no improvising in this one. >> rose: you first have to hear the language. >> you have to hear it and know the music of it and know when to jump this because there's a music to it. there's a rhythm to it. and you can try and fight that but august won't allow it. >> rose: paramount owned the right to it since about '87, right? that's like 30 years. >> yeah. >> rose: any trepidation about turning it into film? or you knew this was a story you had to tell on film? >> you never know, but -- you never know. >> rose: yeah. you know, you don't know whatever i do next, whatever i did before that, you don't know if it's
parents in henderson, mother carolina, had a general store. >> stephen: that's the most american thing you could have, right? >> it is. >> stephen: either that or a bald eagle factory. >> it's not only that. my father believed in the work ethic, so he made me start working when i was about six years old. i'd get up in the morning and go down and put stuff in the front of store. >> stephen: like what? >> like feed and seed, things like that. >> stephen: wow. >> it was great. >> stephen: you're a storybook. >> a storied life. >> stephen: i assume you're not having a huge party tonight. >> oh, no! >> stephen: i would have been invited. >> you would have been. the invitation didn't get to you? the internet does it every time. >> stephen: it's the russians! damn you putin, damn you! >> and you would have loved it. >> stephen: i can come with you? >> yes! >> stephen: do you have big plans tonight? you had big plans this morning. this morning, i noticed on "cbs this morning,"-- >> this morning, yeah. >> stephen: when i said is celebrating five years. congratulations. >> oh, boy. a great run.
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