Hollywood superstar Denzel Washington has revealed one of the key secrets to his successful career on the big screen – his barber.
DailyMailTV has obtained footage of Washington honoring Larry M Cherry on stage Sunday night at the Hollywood Beauty Awards, admitting that his barber acts as his confidante, psychiatrist and psychotherapist on all his movies.
And Cherry says that the double Oscar winner uses him to create and carve the famous characters beloved by the world.
The pair spoke of their mutual love and lifted the veil on their secret partnership, which goes beyond just a quick trim and beard tidy.
Denzel Washington, 64, paid tribute to his longtime hair stylist Larry M Cherry at Sunday night’s Hollywood Beauty Awards
DailyMailTV obtained footage from the award ceremony where Washington revealed Cherry acts as his confidante, psychiatrist and psychotherapist on all his films
The Malcolm X star revealed that Cherry’s nickname is ‘Seldom Seen’ as he is a silent and hidden support on sets.
He smiled as he called him ‘my man, my brother, my friend..Larry Cherry.’
The actor, 64, has had Cherry on his team since he worked with him on the 1992 biopic Malcom X, directed by Spike Lee.
After hitting it off with Washington, he’s continued to be his hair stylist from Courage Under Fire, The Siege and the Bone Collector in the mid to late 90s through to last year’s The Equalizer 2.
Their other collaborations include Training Day, John Q, Man On Fire, the Manchurian Candidate, Inside Man, American Gangster, The Taking Of Pelham 123, Unstoppable and Flight, among others.
Standing on stage to hand him Outstanding Achievement In Hairstyling, Washington smiled: ‘We go back over thirty years, we have made 28, 29 films.’
Laughing he added: ‘He is my barber…they still say barber? He can cut hairs!’
He then turned serious: ‘He is my confidante, psychologist, psychiatrist. He has done everything. He is a consummate professional.
The actor has had Cherry as his barber since the 1992 Spike Lee film Malcolm X. The pair greeted each other with their lucky military salute on stage
The men have worked together on about 30 of Washington’s films and are pictured embracing at the 5th Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards in Los Angeles Sunday
Washington said of Cherry: ‘He is quiet. He stays out of the way but always has the solution, but never takes credit and he is usually right.
‘He has cut my hair from Mo Better Blues to Fences to Malcolm X; every movie I have ever done in the last thirty or more years , Larry Cherry was right there.
‘His nickname is Seldom Seen, because he stays out the way. He is always there , but you never know where he is year. He is seldom seen.
‘He is a great brother and friend, and a friend for life, and now he takes care of my son as well.’
The pair then did a military like salute, which is their lucky daily greeting, before hugging on the stage.
Cherry said he was left speechless by the honor, as Washington supported his pal and gave him a nudge of confidence on stage to continue his speech
Cherry said the Oscar-winner uses him to mold the actor’s iconic characters, including roles for Mo Better Blues to Malcolm X to Fences, for which Washington was nominated for an Oscar
Cherry was visibly overwhelmed as he took the stage to accept his award, saying he was left ‘speechless’ by the honor.
On the red carpet, Cherry told DailyMailTV he’s learned from Washington over the years.
‘The love I have for that man over the year’s we’ve worked together, the respect, the stuff I’ve learned from him, my approach to film making, my approach to characters…it’s been overwhelming.’
The hairstylist said Washington has taught him how to pay ‘attention to detail’ and revealed some of their tricks for molding the perfect characters for the actor when he’s on a film.
‘When we do a film we go in depth. We try to find out what that character is really like and then we collaborate together. So when you see that movie you believe that character,’ Cherry said.
The Hollywood Beauty Awards were established in 2014 and recognize excellence in hair, makeup, styling and photography.
On the red carpet, Cherry said he and Washington collaborate together and go in depth with each character he plays to find out what the character is really like