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*Denzel Washington has an addiction to Häagen-Dazs ice cream, and admits it’s been a struggle to maintain his weight because of his sweet tooth.

“Actually at one point I got to 247 lbs. I was directing a movie and I was editing the film so I was very nervous about it and I’m in the dark in the editing room for five or six months and I’m just eating,” the actor told David Letterman Monday night.

The 58-year-old, there to promote his new action comedy “2 Guns,” said it was difficult trying to get in shape for the stunt-heavy flick.

“There’s no easy way, you just work out but I’m not going back there,” he said.

Washington used to regularly go to a boxing club to keep fit but after he started suffering headaches while preparing for his role as a boxer in “The Hurricane,” he quit the sport.

He recalled: “I remember I was with Michael Spinks, the ex-light-heavyweight champ. I was preparing for the film ‘The Hurricane’ and we were actually sparring, not me and Spinks but me and another guy … and I started getting a little slower and headaches and I said to Michael, ‘I’m starting to get headaches,’ and he said, ‘Oh you’ll get used to that.’ And that’s when I stopped. I don’t want to get used to that.”

Below, Letterman wonders if he and Denzel can be buddies.