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Denzel Washington Is So Cool, He Doesn’t Need Celebrity Friends

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Denzel Washington is just your typical guy. He works hard, loves his four children, and doesn’t have any celebrity friends. And he doesn’t want any, either.

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

When questioned as to why he doesn’t make any celeb friends on movie sets he laughingly replied, “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.”

“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 rep later whooshed in and clarified the latter part of that statement, saying the magazine cut out the part where he said “ … except Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts,” among others.)

“I’m a working actor! What’s a celebrity, anyway?” Washington added. “Paris Hilton‘s a celebrity. I’m just a working actor.”

And with only a few short sentences, Denzel nailed the difference between people who are famous for their work — and people who just work at being famous.

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