So, he’s awaiting an invitation to appear on Two And A Half Men?
“I will say this on record: I’m not a fan of that behaviour,” he said in reference to Sheen’s repeated reported meltdowns. “I think it has gone a bit much, a bit long, but I will say this, my heart does go out to (Charlie’s father) Martin Sheen, because I love me some Martin Sheen.”
Washington, a Houston native who now lives in Los Angeles with his family, said he had wanted to be an architect before he studied aerospace engineering, served in the Air Force and eventually became an actor.
“I’m a collector of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and the whole Bauhaus period, so I’m stuck in the 1920s,” he said.
Approaching an early Wright stucco home on the east side of Forest, Washington marveled at all of the “trick of the eye” details and how the house’s lines were in sharp contrast to the “dollhouse”-like town houses next door.
More time in Africa
“Nobody was doing stuff like this,” he said. Outside the Peter A. Beachy House up the block, Washington homed in on the exterior red bricks’ unevenness and what an intentional departure they represented from the typical flat-brick facade. He said he attempts to inject a similar level of detail into his acting.
“Whatever I’m throwing out there in my work, you either catch that detail because you’re ready to catch it, but if you’re not, that’s OK, you’re still being entertained,” he said.
After getting a tour of the Beachy house and commenting on everything from its lightened wood trim to the Stickley living-room chairs, he reflected: “People ask me, ‘Isaiah, why are you so excited about these buildings? You’re excited about places where we (African-Americans) couldn’t sit down and we had to go through the back door.’ And I say to that, not true. Because somewhere the workers, the labourers, probably more than not were African-American.
“We’re all part of it, so I’m just as connected to Frank Lloyd Wright, maybe through ancestry, as he is to some of the ideas that he’s clearly gotten from buildings (in Africa).”
Washington plans to spend more time in Africa, with trips to Libya and Morocco, where he said he’ll follow in the footsteps of artiststurned-ambassadors to do “some private conflict resolution.”
Because Grey’s Anatomy is beamed worldwide, Washington said he has been amazed at his reception at the United Nations and elsewhere.
“Being on the set of a movie right now is just, I’m not knocking it, but, man, I’m on the world stage right now,” he said. “When people say, ‘ Do you want to go back (to television)?’ it’s almost like asking a person who has been shot and maimed about going back to the crime scene.”
Winding up in the courtyard outside Wright’s Home and Studio, Washington sat down to pose for a photo, got a silly grin and declared: “I feel so gay right now!”
“You can’t say things like that,” chided the photographer, Keri Wiginton.
“I just said that so you could say that,” he responded with a laugh. “I say that; people go” – he gasped. He laughed some more and continued: “I want to play (the late civil rights activist and congresswoman) Shirley Chisholm! People want to know what my next role is. After I do Lou Rawls (in a project being developed), I want to get into contention, along with Kimberly Elise and Viola Davis, to see if I can audition in character to play Shirley Chisholm.”
It’s safe to say that Washington has taken Wright’s flair for defying expectations and made it his own. – Chicago Tribune/ McClatchy-Tribune Information Services