Memorable Denzel Washington Quotes from Training Day
Hardened Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Harris, played by Hollywood A-lister Denzel Washington, hammers home his nasty side with many memorable quips and maxims in the film “Training Day.” Playing off his co-lead Jake Hoyt, played by Ethan Hawke, Denzel drives home a character full of duplicitous actions, ruthlessness, cruelty and self-serving corruption.
Sounds horrible, but when looked at in the right light, there are a few quotes that have a tinge of black humor and gallows-laughs.
As Denzel establishes the nasty piece of work that is Alonzo Harris when he first meets Jake Hoyt, he gives him this opening introduction, “Today’s a training day, Officer Hoyt. Show you around, give you a taste of the business. I got 38 cases pending trial, 63 in active investigations, another 250 on the log I can’t clear. I supervise five officers. That’s five different personalities. Five sets of problems. You can be number six if you act now. But I ain’t holding no hands, okay? I ain’t baby-sitting. You got today and today only to show me who and what you’re made of.”
To finish up on this little gem of an introduction (seriously, when was the last time you introduced yourself like this to a new employee?) Harris gives an ominous, “You don’t like narcotics, get the **** out of my car. Go get you a nice, ***** desk job, chasing bad checks or something, you hear me?” How is that for a new trainee to deal with? Most sane people would get out of the car and look for a new career in food service or in the janitorial arts.
To shed a little light on how Harris views his criminal informants and on-the-street go-tos, he tells Hoyt, “Transactions. You see that Salvatrucha zero head sitting on that fence acting like he’s not slanging dope? That’s my boy. My boy, Neto. The punk’s only 17, but he can kill with the best. He’s one of mine. He works for me.”
Harris then goes on to call them “teammates” instead of informers even though you just know Harris will cut them lose and place a bullet between their lobes if they ever cross this twisted, yet somehow sad and funny, bad cop.
Harris also shakes down the downtrodden crack addicts of LA throughout the film. Showing no sympathy or pity, Harris confronts one crack addict with a classic, “Jimmy Crack Corn. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Oh, you’re federally ****ed now. You got crack… and a gun. You know with your record you can get 10 years per bullet? Now you gon’ gimme a name.”
Of course, this comes off as a combination of cruel and funny based on Denzel’s delivery and swagger in the film.
Harris delivers several little quips throughout the film that help establish the character as a sad and lost man. Among these little snippets are, “To protect the sheep you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf. I’m a wolf.” Harris gives another insight into his soul via the, “This shit’s chess, it ain’t checkers, ” a nod to the dangers and intricacies of the streets.
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