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Denzel Washington starts a campaign to be the next James Bond

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Denzel Washington
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It’s a question he’s been asked before: Would you considering being the next James Bond? But while he skirted around the question back in 2012 — saying “it’s too late now” — when a Reddit user posed the question again on Friday during an extensive AMA, he seemed a bit more enthusiastic. In fact, he seemed  to get downright giddy at the thought of it, urging everyone to start a “Denzel is Bond” campaign stat.

“The next James Bond? They better hurry up! Yes I would! Who’s doing James Bond now..Daniel Craig! Did they shoot another one? Everybody should tweet Denzel is James Bond! Send it to the studio!” he replied to user BigTalk45. “We start the Denzel is Bond campaign today! James Washington. Denzel Bond!”

There’s no telling just how serious he’s being — sarcasm doesn’t always translate in writing, and there’s a curious number of exclamation points in his response — but isn’t it fun to think about? These members of the Twitter community seem to think so:

Unlike many half-hearted, I’m-only-doing-this-because-I-have-to celebrity AMAs, Washington was feeling quite loquacious on Friday afternoon. In addition to answering a number of personal questions—how he makes his marriage last,  why his closest friends aren’t actors and more important ones, like his favorite pizza toppings—the actor also confirmed longstanding rumors that he and Will Smith were considering a remake of “Uptown Saturday Night.”

When asked if he wants to take on more comedic roles, Washington not only replied with a resounding “yes,” he said that he’s had a script for a remake of the 1974 comedy starring Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier. It follows Steve Jackson and Wardell Franklin on a quest to find Jackson’s wallet, which has a winning lottery ticket and was stolen when the friends went to a nightclub the night before.

“I definitely have [considered more comedic roles], you know? And that’s something I’m always on the lookout for. Yes, absolutely want to do more,” Washington wrote. “I actually have a script for a remake of UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT that Will Smith wants to put together, that’s been written and that we’re talking about. You can hit Will up and ask him what he’s waiting for.”

Rumors of the remake started buzzing back in 2012, with Adam McKay’s name thrown around as a potential director, but nothing’s been confirmed.

See a trailer for the original 1974 comedy below:

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