Denzel Washington Does Dramatic Readings of Greeting Cards (Video)

Performance is punctuated by eyeglasses drop, undoubtedly the first in “Tonight Show” history

“Fences” star Denzel Washington can now add greeting cards to his distinguished career of dramatic achievements.

On Monday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon wanted to see whether the actor could show the “same emotional depth” while reading greeting cards as he does in his films.

Adopting a sudden British accent, Washington put on his dramatic glasses and crushed his first card reading. Fallon was up next, reading a birthday card for a 60-year-old.

After Washington’s second go, he felt so confident in his dramatic reading skills that he dropped his reading glasses.

“I didn’t have a mic so I dropped the glasses,” he told the audience. “Have glasses ever been dropped?”

In Fallon’s second turn, he read a hilarious Christmas card with the text, “Christmas has been canceled — I told Santa you’ve been good all year and he died laughing!”

Washington’s final effort came with a whole bunch of fake crying and a load of tissues.

“Fences,” directed by Washington, will be released on Christmas Day and also stars Viola Davis. The film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning August Wilson play of the same name, follows a black family in 1950s Pittsburgh. Troy (Washington) is the head of the household, but is bitter about his life working as a trash collector. His son Cory (Jovan Adepo) dreams of a better life but gets nothing but disdain from his father. Throughout it all, Troy’s wife Rose (Davis) tries to hold everything together.

Watch the video above.

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