Ellen Pompeo recalls a fight with Denzel Washington while filming ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: ‘We went into it’

Ellen pompeo knows what he wants on the set of “Grey’s Anatomy. “

the 51-year-old actress has starred in the medical drama since it started in 2005 and has seen a long list of celebrities go through the show as guest stars or guest directors.

One of those stars was Denzel Washington, who directed a season 12 episode called “The Sound of Silence.”

On the debut episode of her new podcast called “Tell Him,” Pompeo recalled executive producer Debbie Allen asking Washington, now 66, to direct an episode as a “surprise” so Pompeo would keep her interested after starring. the program for more than a decade. .

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“He came in probably three weeks early so he could catch up because Denzel doesn’t watch much TV, he’s probably never seen the show,” the actress shared. “He did the show because his wife is a huge fan. His wife is really the one who told him, ‘That show is amazing, you should go do it.’

Ellen Pompeo and James Pickens Jr. in 'Grey's Anatomy' season 12 episode nine, 'The Sound of Silence', directed by Denzel Washington.

Ellen Pompeo and James Pickens Jr. in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ season 12 episode nine, ‘The Sound of Silence’, directed by Denzel Washington.
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Pompeo noted that Washington had an “amazing” presence on set and that he was a “superstar for a reason,” but felt he lacked directing experience. the small screen.

“Denzel is a movie star, right? He doesn’t know shit about TV directing,” he claimed.

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“The Sound of Silence” remains the only television episode Washington has directed. Before that, he led the Films “Antwone Fisher” and “The Great Debaters”: Since then he has directed “Fences” and “A Journal for Jordan.”

The episode featured her character Meredith Gray’s jaw being broken by an epileptic patient. She and Washington later disagreed on how the actor playing the patient should apologize to Meredith when the time came.

Ellen Pompeo has starred in

Ellen Pompeo has starred in “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005. She said she and Denzel Washington argued when he guest-directed an episode.
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“I really didn’t want to talk to this actor or see this actor before doing this scene, so I didn’t have a lot of interaction with him,” the star recalled. “And then, he apologized to me, but he was doing it very softly. He made the decision to speak very softly. And he was angry that I had to sit there and listen to this apology. And he wasn’t looking at me. In the eye. One more time , we love actors who make decisions. And I yelled at him, I said, “Look at me! When you apologize, look at me! “And that was not in the dialogue.”

Washington pressured Pompeo to stick to the script, he said, adding that he “went crazy on my ass.”

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“He was like, ‘I’m the director! Don’t tell him what to do!'” He revealed. “I was like, ‘Listen, you son of a bitch, this is my show! This is my set! Who are you telling? You barely know where the bathroom is!'”

The actress explained that she has “the utmost respect” for the Oscar winner as an actor and director despite their dispute.

Denzel Washington has directed four films in addition to an episode of

Denzel Washington has directed four films in addition to an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.”
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“We did it one day,” he added, according to TooFab. “And then his wife came to visit us, and I wasn’t talking to him. I was mad at him. And I said to his wife, I was like, ‘Yeah, he yelled at me today. He let me have him today, and I’m not okay. with him, and I’m not looking at him, and I’m not talking to him. ‘

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Ultimately, he said the fight was the result of two “passionate and fiery” artists.

“It was an incredible experience, it really was,” he admitted. “That’s what it takes to get the good stuff. We were good after that. He’s one of the best at doing it.”

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Representatives for Washington did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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