Washington plays Lt. Commander Ron Hunter in the action drama Crimson Tide. The U.S. Navy sends a nuclear ballistic submarine to intercept a possible launch from Russia. Captain Frank Ramsay, played by actor Gene Hackman, and Hunter do not agree with their orders and a mutiny within the sub is organized. On acting alongside Hackman:
I’d sit there sometimes and they’d almost have to go, ‘Denzel, your line.’ I was watching one of the great actors of all time.