Denzel Washington Refused to Play Miles Dyson in Terminator 2 because “all he does is look scared and sweat”

Terminator 2: Judgment Day ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Some quotes from actors make me laugh. When I read why Denzel Washington passed on a role in T2, it shows that actors can limit themselves based on the character portrayal in a script, even great actors like Denzel.

So, here’s a fast fact I didn’t know: that James Cameron wanted Denzel to play Miles Dyson in T2. Washington passed on the role, saying the followingL

“No offense to Jim Cameron, but when I read the script, I thought, ‘All he does is look scared and sweat,’” Washington told the magazine. “I had to pass. I don’t know if I have room to embarrass myself, or people, through my work. A script comes to you. You make a decision on it.”

‘Terminator 2’: The Real Reason Denzel Washington Refused to Play Miles Dyson

Joe Morton ended up playing Miles Dyson in T2. Come to think of it, he did sweat a lot in the movie, but there was more to the role than sweating. Denzel fixated on that role, but can you imagine if he had played Dyson? I’m thinking about his work in The Equalizer and then imagining him as Miles Dyson. Would he have brought more to the role than Joe Morton? We’ll never know.

I think it’s fascinating that he passed based solely on the script. That he didn’t think he could add more to the role than sweating and fear. Joe Morton surely did, and with all due respect, Morton isn’t half the actor as Denzel Washington.

Actors pass on scripts all the time. I wonder if he regrets not working with James Cameron? It’s easy to say after a film is a great success that you wish you’d been in it and I didn’t see Denzel say that.

Maybe they make a TV show about Miles Dyson? Denzel probably wouldn’t play him, but it would be a chance to do a lot more with this pivotal character in Skynet history than be scared and sweat.

2 thoughts on “Denzel Washington Refused to Play Miles Dyson in Terminator 2 because “all he does is look scared and sweat”

    1. That might be. Too bad, because I think creatively James Cameron would have been into Denzel expanding on Miles Dyson, an important part of Skynet history.

      There’s still time to expand on that character in another show someday. Maybe not with Denzel, but perhaps with another actor who sees this as an opportunity and not a paycheck, as you suggested.

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