'Fences' Trailer Reveals How Title Is Inspired by Frustrated Father Denzel Washington

The Hollywood Reporter

Denzel Washington is a frustrated father in the new trailer for Fences.

"I don't want him to be like me. I want him to get as far away from my life as he possibly can get," says Washington, a promising baseball player-turned-garbage collector, of his athletic son. He tells his wife, played by Viola Davis, "You're the only decent that ever happened to me."

Washington directs the Paramount adaptation of the late August Wilson's 1983 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play. Washington and Davis also starred in the 2010 Broadway revival of the drama, roles that earned both actors Tony Awards.

The trailer also shares the root of the work's title: "Some people build fences to keep people out, and other people build fences to keep people in."

Fences hits theaters Dec. 25.

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