Denzel Washington’s frankness was refreshing and honest when he spoke about the influence of Steve Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Like many filmmakers, the actor was affected by those who preceded him. Given the films he has directed and produced, his styles have definitely stuck with him. Every great filmmaker, from Spielberg to Coppola to Martin Scorsese, has revealed how movies and directors influence their work. So honestly, Washington is just following the path that was forged before him.