Viola Davis Set to Star in a Film Adaptation of “Fences” Directed by Denzel Washington

Written by Jae Jones

is set to appear in an August Wilson’s film adaptation of “,” being directed by Denzel Washington. There was a delay in getting “Fences” to the movies back in the 1980s because of finding the right director for the film. August Wilson, who penned the play, preferred an African-American director. However, Paramount just wanted to hire who they felt would be “the best director for the job,” all of their directors approached were White.


Wilson expressed his disapproval which stalled the project. He was quoted saying, “Whites have set themselves up as custodians of our experience.”  “Fences” is a film about a family’s life in the 1950’s. The year is 1957 in Pittsburg, a fairly segregated place where black people are walled off from the rest of the city through invisible barriers of racism. Troy Maxson, who was played by

Washington in the play is bitter because he never made it to the big leagues in baseball, and now he realizes that the best jobs in the sanitation department where he works are all going to his white counterparts. So, he builds an invisible fence to protect himself from the pain. So, he builds a fence between himself and his young son Cory, who wants to play football. Cory goes on to ask his father if he likes him. That sends Troy in a memorable tirade, which includes: “Like you? I go out of here every morning, putting up with them crackers every day. Cause I like you? You about the biggest fool I ever saw. It’s my job. It’s my responsibility. You understand that? A man got to take care of his family.” Troy Maxson is seen in his front yard cutting up with friends, loving his family and work. That’s how another fence comes into play, he fathers a child with another woman. The woman die in child birth. He bring the child home to his wife Rose. (Played by Viola Davis) Rose tells him, “From right now, this child got a mother. But you a womanless man.”

Fast forward to present time, Denzel Washington was finally offered the chance to direct the movie adaption of Fences. Washington wanted to be in the Broadway play to get the firsthand experience, he was truly amazing in the 2010 play with Davis. After Denzel Washington’s experience in the play he is ready to take the reins and direct a phenomenal film.




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Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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