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Denzel Washington and actress Ellen Pompeo almost came to blows when she went off script during the "Grey's Anatomy" episode he directed.

The incident went down when Denzel directed the season 12 episode "The Sound of Silence," which saw Ellen's character Meredith Grey has her jaw broken when she's attacked by an epileptic patient.

The Oscar-winning actor was recruited by producer Debbie Allen to keep Ellen "interested" in the show after actors Sandra Oh and Patrick Dempsey both quit the medical drama.

"One of the scenes at the end of the episode, I have to go (confront) this man who beat me up," Ellen recalled on her podcast Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo.

She said her character, Meredith, was reluctant to hear the apology from the male patient.

"[Meredith's] jaw was broken, and I couldn't bring myself to go hear the apology from this character... She was just at the point where she wasn't having it.

"I didn't really want to talk to this actor or see this actor before we did this scene, so I didn’t have much interaction with him at all. And then, he apologized to me, but he was doing it really softly. He made this choice to speak very softly. And I was p**sed that I had to sit there and listen to this apology. And he wasn't looking at me in the eye… and I yelled at him, I was like, 'Look at me! When you apologize, look at me!' And that wasn't in the dialogue."

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After Ellen's ad lib, she said Denzel pulled her to one side and yelled at her.

"Denzel went ham on my a*s. He was like, 'I'm the director! Don't you tell him what to do!'"

But Ellen hit back, shouting at him:

"I was like, 'Listen, motherf**ker, this is my show! This is my set! Who are you telling... You barely even know where the bathroom is!' I have the utmost respect for him as an actor, as a director, as everything, but we went at it!"

Ellen said calmer heads prevailed when Denzel's wife visited the set.

"Then his wife came to set to visit, and I was not talking to him. I was mad at him. And I told his wife, I was like, 'Yeah, he yelled at me today. He let me have it today, and I’m not OK with him, and I'm not looking at him, and I'm not talking to him.'"

However, Ellen insisted she and Denzel were "completely fine after that" and she has no hard feelings towards him.

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Denzel Washington recently revealed what God has been telling him to do every time he prays.

The Academy Award-winning actor was among the speakers at a Christian men's conference hosted by First Baptist Orlando in Florida on Saturday, The Cristian Post reports.

"At 66, getting ready to be 67, having just buried my mother, I made a promise to her and to God, not just to do good the right way, but to honor my mother and my father by the way I live my life, the rest of my days on this Earth. I'm here to serve, to help, to provide," Washington shared at "The Better Man Event."

"In every prayer, all I hear is: 'Feed my sheep.' That's what God wants me to do," the actor added.

"What's that mean? What I found out in the last couple of years is there are all kinds of sheep. So that's why I talk to experienced shepherds to help guide me.

"The world has changed. What is our role as a man? The John Wayne formula is not quite a fit right now. But strength, leadership, power, authority, guidance, patience are God's gift to us as men. We have to cherish that, not abuse it."

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The "Malcolm X" star continued:

"[The Bible] says in the last days we'll become lovers of ourselves. The number one photograph now is a selfie. So we all want to lead. We're willing to do anything — ladies and young men — to be influential... Fame is a monster and we all have these ladders and battles, roads we have to walk in our given lives. Be you famous or whoever's out there listening, we all have our individual challenges. It's cliché [but] money, don't make it better. It doesn't. Fame just magnifies the problems and the opportunities."

The three-time Golden Globes winner added:

"Stay on your knees. Watch me, but listen to God. I hope that the words in my mouth and the meditation of my heart are pleasing in God's sight, but I'm human. I'm just like you. What I have will not keep me on this Earth for one more day. Share what you know, inspire who you can, seek advice. If you want to talk to one someone, talk to the one that can do something about it. Constantly develop those habits."

Washington concluded by acknowledging that although he has money and fame, what he's discovered is that one always needs to leave "room to learn."

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Actors Michael B. Jordan and Chante Adams share a kiss while filming "Journal for Jordan" on location in New York City on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

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In the movie, based on a real life story, Jordan plays 1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, a soldier who is killed in action in Baghdad. Before he dies, King writes a journal telling his unborn son how to live a decent life despite growing up without a father.

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Adams plays King's wife, Dana Canedy, whose essay describes King's 200-page journal written for their unborn son.

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The movie is directed by Denzel Washington (right) and also stars Tamara Tunie (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Cleveland Berto (Terminator: Dark Fate).

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Denzel Washington expressed his support for soldiers and police officers who put their lives on the line so Americans have the freedom to complain about what they do.

The Oscar-winning actor declared his support for the military and law enforcement in an interview in which he called out people who "put down" the men and women for whom Washington says he has "the utmost respect."

"I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, that sacrifice their lives. I just don't care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren't for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do," he told Yahoo Entertainment.

Washington was promoting his latest film, The Little Things in which he stars as a Los Angeles County Sheriff who hunts down a serial killer (played by Jared Leto).

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Denzel Washington urged late star Chadwick Boseman to hurry up and marry his wife, Taylor Simone, before someone else did.

In a new interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the Oscar winner opened up about working with Chadwick on his final film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and recalled offering the young star a little relationship advice.

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Chadwick and Taylor were only dating when the Black Panther star was shooting the Netflix movie. Denzel, who co-produced the film, saw something beautiful between the couple and suggested Boseman should act upon it.

"They weren't even married yet, and I used to watch how she took care of him, and I actually said to him, 'Man, you know, you need to put a ring on that finger', cause she kept her eye on him and she watched him," Washington explained.

"I'm like, 'Man, she loves that guy'. But I didn't know what we know now."

Boseman lost his secret battle with cancer in August at age 43, and Washington, 65, reveals no one on the Ma Rainey's Black Bottom set even knew he was sick.

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"Credit to him; he kept it to himself. It was nobody's business. He was there to deliver and he delivered," adds Denzel, who is pictured with his wife of 37 years, Pauletta at the Oscars in 2003.

Chadwick and Taylor were married in a private ceremony earlier in the year and many people didn't know he was married until after his death.

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