| Denzel Washington arrives at the screening of Out of Time at the Toronto film festival. (Reuters)
Toronto, Sept. 8 (Reuters): Actors Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington added more star power to the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday, with Harrelson attending a giant outdoor yoga class.
Harrelson, in town to promote the film, Go Further, by Ron Mann, joined fellow cast members and about 1,000 other people for a two-hour outdoor yoga session on the University of Toronto campus.
The film chronicles the eco-friendly antics of Harrelson and friends as they cycled from Seattle to Los Angeles on a spiritual journey. To emphasise the environmental message at the yoga class yesterday, organic juices were handed out and an electric car was displayed.
People of all ages formed concentric circles on the lush grass on the university campus, while instructors from a local yoga studio led a session of ashtanga yoga — a rigorous form of yoga intended to generate “internal heat” and produce a purifying sweat.
Yoga enthusiast Sue Daluise, 54, attended the class for a chance to see Harrelson.
“I thought it was a great experience, very peaceful and enlightening,” Daluise said.
Suspense thriller Out of Time, starring two-time Oscar winner Washington, will make its world premiere at the Toronto festival.
Washington stars in the story about a man racing against time to solve a double murder, where all the evidence implicates him, before he himself falls under suspicion.
It is the actor’s third movie since he won the best actor Oscar for Training Day, which screened at the Toronto festival in 2001. Washington won his first Academy Award as best actor in a supporting role for Glory in 1990.
But winning two Oscars has not necessarily opened more doors, he said.
“I’ve just been sort of steady, chopping wood,” said Washington. “I don’t know if there’s a difference in what I’m getting to do. Getting more scripts doesn’t necessarily mean anything. It just means you’ve got to read more.”
But Washington plans on getting behind the camera again, after directing 2002’s Antwone Fisher.
Now celebrating its 28th year, the Toronto festival is ranked with Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Sundance as among the world’s most influential.
This year’s 10-day event will screen more than 300 movies from 55 countries.