Denzel Washington, a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, was recently a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon promoting his most recent film, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
During the show (beginning at 3:35 in the above video), Jimmy Fallon asked Washington about Drake's recent Tattoo of Denzel. The tattoo, on Drake's arm (by artist, Inal Bersekov) pictures Washington as his character Bleek Gilliam - from the 1990 film, "Mo' Better Blues".
Beginning at 4:12, Washington continues, saying, "... That's quite - that's crazy. No but it, I think he got, he got, some other, like, people he admires - tattoos as well."
Fallon said, "Oh, maybe I'm on there."
Denzel then responds immediately - bursting with sincere laughter. He also rapidly scratches (during 4:23 - 4:24), four times, with his paired, left index and left middle fingers - just in front of his left ear on his "cheekbone" (zygomatic process).
When a person scratches or rubs the region in front of their ear - just after someone else makes a statement/answers a question, etc. - or just as/just before THEY (the person doing the scratching/rubbing) says something - with very high probability, HE BELIEVES or KNOWS what was just said was a lie. In an analog/watered-down sense, this can also be a tell indicating, "I disagree with you".
In this example with Denzel, it's obvious to us all that Jimmy was joking, Moreover, Washington is a world-class actor - and yet he still can't/doesn't suppress the subconsciously-driven, but very natural act of calling-out a lie when he hears one (even if it was told in jest).
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