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Denzel Washington: 'I Don't Want Movie Star Friends'

Denzel Washington: 'I Don't Want Movie Star Friends'

Denzel Washington hits the stage at the premiere of his film Flight on Thursday (February 21) at Marunouchi Piccadilly in Tokyo, Japan.

The 58-year-old Oscar-nominated actor revealed in a recent interview that he has no interest in being friends with movie stars.

“Even within the industry, I don’t have any actor friends. My friends are old friends,” Denzel told The Guardian. “One’s an ex-music guy, the other’s a restaurant owner and the other’s an ex-pro ballplayer.”

“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,” Denzel added on why he doesn’t have many Hollywood pals. “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.”

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14 Responses to “Denzel Washington: 'I Don't Want Movie Star Friends'”

  1. 1
    I Hate Hollyweird Says:

    Because movie star friends are plastic and phoney, comes with the territory. An industry filled with grasping, hedonistic , narcissistic personalities will never understand the meaning of true friendship. Make friends with normal, day-to-day people who have normal, everyday problems.

  2. 2
    :) Says:

    hes the best!

  3. 3
    PrairieDreams Says:

    Might be the reason why he’s remained so likeable over the years. He’s real and grounded

  4. 4
    POLO Says:

    sounds like he’s very down-to-earth, unlike any other A-List celebrities. I love his personality.

  5. 5
    lucy Says:

    If you’ve noticed the REAL A-List stars are not ‘friends’ with other HW celebrities, take Brad and Angelina, their real friends aren’t other celebrities, and all that George Clooney BBF is nonsense, Brad and George have both said they don’t see each other unless they are at a HW function, and Meryl Streep, do you see her doing what Jennifer Aniston and the other desperate older actresses are doing, going to Cabo and hanging in front of a ‘pap wall’ for a week straight, just to be photographed, of course not,people like Denzel, Brad and Angie, Meryl and quite a few other have their priorities straight, family first, then their careers.

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    lola Says:

    As if I needed more reasons to like Denzel. Keira Knightley is the same; that’s why I like her too.

  7. 7
    Uh huh Says:

    One of the best around today. Not only a nice, charitable guy but a damn fine actor.

  8. 8
    lucy Says:

    Daniel was really good in Lincoln and another HW A-Lister that doesn’t kiss butttt, so if Denzel doesn’t win for Flight, which I thought was great, then Daniel for Lincoln.

  9. 9
    GR Says:

    … so he is a better -not a movie star- than all those other great actors who work for the art of movie making and not for their huge HW mansions?

  10. 10
    just me Says:

    Good not have them for friends or date them for either. People there try to use you to use you to get somewhere.

  11. 11
    mo Says:

    I love this man! He is to be kissed a big actor also without arses. He has something like that of right! There is of it to would fall in Hollywood. Ha of ha of ha! I found the statement great!

  12. 12
    Ish goes HARD Says:

    I love his perspective on friendship

  13. 13
    Melissa B Says:

    Why did you leave out the white people comment

  14. 14
    kudo Says:

    i love that has never chased fame , he is just so invested in his work and thats it, he could care less about hollywood and the egos. Its so rare these days -respect.

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