Another thing he doesn’t do is hang out with high-profile industry folk. In fact, he says for the most part, he doesn’t have any actor friends and that’s just the way he prefers it.
“Actually, even within the industry, I don’t have any actor friends,” the Oscar winning thespian told Xan Brooks of the The Guardian. “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.”
Hmm, interesting. Now, you may be wondering what’s up with that. Why does Denzel not have actor friends
“Because I don’t make friends! Maybe I’m not a butt-kisser, maybe I’m not a schmoozer,” he informs. “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.”
(Oh, by the way, Yahoo notes that one of Washington’s public relations representatives later offer a clarification on the Guardian story: “I sat in on this interview,” the rep said. “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.”)
Washington is for a best actor Oscar at this Sunday’s Academy Awards for his role in “Flight.”