The secret behind Denzel Washington's movie successes are his "Blue Steel" looks on his movie posters
In 2001 the esteemed film scholar Ben Stiller created a hard hitting documentary about fashion and the sweat shop industry that it creates. Named Zoolander, the movie followed the struggle of human rights activists struggling against the evil fashion dictator, Mugatu who strived to take over Malaysia to expand his sweat shop Empire.
One of the most remembered moments of the movie was a scene that revealed that most male models have one look. One of the models' nickname for his famous pose was, "Blue Steel"; a name which is now synonymous to any person's pose that they repeat again and again for the ever present camera:
Denzil Washington is one of the most powerful stars in Hollywood. So powerful and so intense that he actually has to avert his eyes on movie posters to prevent innocent people getting hurt!
At first he looked down
The Hurricane (1999)
Then he tried looking up
Remember the Titans (2000)
Then success with looking to the right, Denzel's Blue Steel is born!
Training Day (2001)
John Q (2002)
Antwone Fisher (2002)
Out of Time (I) (2003)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Inside Man (2006)
In Deja Vu (2006) Denzel tries a rare look to the left
In American Gangster (2007) the producers were so worried
about Denzel's gaze they just cut it out of the poster
The Great Debaters (2007)
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
The Book of Eli
Compare that to Will Smith who tries to look into your soul!
Oh the abs, oh the abs
Alan Rickman pouts until he becomes a giant floating head