Denzel Washington is a different kind of celebrity! While a lot of famous people will go out with other well-known buddies and pose for the paparazzi, Denzel keeps his life close to his chest!
Now, that's not to say he's a recluse or anything, just that he doesn't have actor friends!! Here's what he said:
"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."
That's super inneresting, and a completely different kind of ethic than what we usually see in Hollywood! So why does he do this? Is there a reason behind it?
"Because I don't make friends! Maybe I'm not a butt-kisser, maybe I'm not a schmoozer. I'm not about to go to a party to try to get a job. And then when you have children, the other friends become other parents. We'd coach baseball or basketball. 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."
He's VERY passionate about it! Good for him!
Also, in that interview, if you noticed, it reads like he's saying he couldn't have white friends — and that's because there was a little editing going on after his answer was given out. In fact, this is what Denzel's rep has to say:
"I sat in on this interview. The part they failed to mention was after he said 'never befriended any white actors' he mentioned 'except,' and then listed Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, etc. They cut the rest of the thought out. The rest is fine though."
That's some shady-ass journalism!!
Regardless of the interview, we find it refreshing that Denzel doesn't have to rely on being seen with other actors or celebrities to stay relevant. He's extremely successful — including being up for an Oscar this year — and can live his life as a working actor without it! He can have his cake (career) and eat it (keep a low profile) too!
So fab! Good luck this weekend, Denzel!!
[Image via WENN.]