LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Forget his Oscar, and put aside his box-office power. Denzel Washington has one quality that puts him head and shoulders above other Hollywood actors.
"He's got a movie star smile," says producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Washington stars in crime thriller "Deja Vu," which debuts in movie theaters on Wednesday hoping to be among the top box office draws over this week's U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday.
In "Deja Vu," the star of films ranging from "Malcolm X" to "Training Day," for which he won 2001's best actor Oscar, plays a federal cop who travels in time to stop a terror attack.
Washington told Reuters the film fascinated him with its use of technology and made him think about high-tech spying in current times.
"It has all of this cutting-edge technology -- and a lot of it is true -- with how far we've gone with surveillance. I mean, if we can Google anybody's house on Earth, ain't no telling what the government can do," Washington told Reuters with a flash of his smile.
Washington portrays Doug Carlin, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who is sent to investigate the bombing of a New Orleans ferry.
Once there, he is teamed with a secret government group that uses high-tech surveillance equipment to, in effect, re-create past events and give cops the ability to find criminals before they actually commit a crime.