“Hey Pop,” the boy asks, standing at the stoop base of a ramshackle backyard. “Can I ask you a question?”
The man turns slowly from his work.
“How come you ain’t never liked me?”
The man, Troy, is played by Denzel Washington. The boy, Cory, is Jovan Adepo. The sequence that follows in that 1950s Pittsburgh backyard is as poignant and powerful as you would expect for the cinematic release of Fences, the late August Wilson’s masterpiece.
The film, scheduled for a Christmas Day release, is already getting plenty of positive buzz. Washington, who starred in a 2010 revival of the play alongside costar Viola Davis (who plays Troy’s wife Rose), also directs the film.