Interesting, and definitely worth sharing…
In the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine, there's the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll (subtitled Lust For Life), which asks readers a series of random questions, like: which holiday movie is most overplayed on TV (A Christmas Story was #1), do you have a public library card (55% said they do), what is Kwanzaa (60% got it right), and finally, if you were directing a new film version of the New Testament, which actor would you cast to play Jesus… there are 8 other questions.
Surprisingly, in response to that last question about what actor you'd cast to play Jesus, the majority vote, 21%, chose Denzel Washington! Who did he beat out? Daniel Day-Lewis (14%), Al Pacino (13%), Rya Gosling (11%), Woody Allen (10%), Philip Seymour Hoffman (3%), and finally, none of them (15%).
If anything, I would've expected Daniel Day-Lewis would be #1 by far! Even Ryan Gosling; but I definitely wouldn't have guessed that Denzel Washington would win the contest – certainly not one that Vanity Fair had anything to do with, given that its readership is predominantly Caucasian.
Then again, Denzel is one of those non-white actors who has "transcended race." It still surprises me though.
Take a look at the rest of the poll results HERE.
h/t Movieline for the link.