When Denzel Washington collected the trophy for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 2002 Academy Awards, he saluted Sidney Poitier; in attendance collecting a lifetime achievement award. Washington’s win marked the first time a black man had won that award since Poitier almost forty years prior. It was Washington’s first win for a leading role and second Oscar overall, honoring his gloriously over-the-top performance as Alonzo Harris in the police drama Training Day. Looking for a skeleton in his filmography, I see eleven years before,  Denzel Washington costarred in Heart Condition, with Bob Hoskins. The film is easily a career worst; an ill-conceived mess that might explain why Washington hasn’t done a straight comedy since. He and Bob Hoskins make no sense together as the odd couple seeking to find Washington’s killer.

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