PAOLI, Pennsylvania – Denzel Washington was moved to the verge of tears after being read remarks by his son during a recent interview.

Actor John David Washington is best known for his leading roles in the Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman, and in Christopher Nolan’s recent sci-fi thriller Tenet.Last month, John David responded to  the news that The New York Times had named his father as the best actor of the 21st Century.

“I think it’s about time,” he said to Access Hollywood. “I think he is one of the greatest to ever do it so it was a very proud moment for our entire family.”

The quotes were then repeated to the Philadelphia star during his own interview with Access, and the two-time Oscar-winner found himself at a loss for words.

“Wow, I’m speechless,” he said, while appearing to be on the verge of tears. “I forgot what the question was but I’m speechless. I didn’t know he said that.

“Watch out for his sister,” Washington added. “His sister is a great actor. Olivia Washington.”

Olivia Washington has appeared in films and TV series including Mr Robot and She’s Gotta Have It, and is set to feature alongside her father in the forthcoming thriller The Little Things.

Washington’s other daughter, Katia Washington, is a producer whose credits include the forthcoming Netflix film Malcolm and Marie, which stars John David Washington and Zendaya.

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