Denzel Washington isn’t like most of the famous actors around him. He doesn’t go hob-nobbing around with the rich and famous in the film industry. You also aren’t likely to see him at every single party, especially the ones where all the of drug use and other craziness tends to take place.
According to Denzel, in an interview with the Guardian, “Actually, even within the industry, I don’t have any actor friends. My friends are old friends. One’s an ex-music guy, the other’s a restaurant owner and the other’s an ex-pro ballplayer.”
He said that he doesn’t make friends to try to get a job and that he’s not a ‘butt-kisser.’
He went on to say, “My wife and I were raised right. I don’t want movie-star friends. And being African American, there were no big movie stars to hang out with anyway, not when I was starting out, they were just the third guy from the back! For whatever reason, I never befriended any white actors.”
His public relations representatives were quick to point out that in the interview with the Guardian they omitted the part where Washington said after he said ‘never befriended any white actors’ he mentioned ‘except,’ and then listed Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts.
As the interview went on Washington continued, “I’m a working actor! What’s a celebrity anyway? Paris Hilton’s a celebrity. I’m just a working actor.”
Washington said that his religious scruples play a big part in his life and work. He commented on a line in one of his films, ‘Flight,’ that when he said ‘God help me’ it was very important to him. “As an arc as much as anything. You see this butt-naked, coke-sniffing, weed-smoking guy finally get to the point where he can say: ‘God help me.’ He gets his life back.”
Denzel already has two Oscars to his name for the movies ‘Glory’ and ‘Training Day.’ He is now up for his third Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Flight.”
Even though he keeps his private life separate, and he doesn’t ‘b*tt-kiss’ or ‘schmooze’ with other famous actors, Denzel can still have the career that he wants.