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Friday 25 April 2014

Denzel Washington's movie regrets

Denzel Washington is sad to have a missed out on certain roles

Denzel Washington has confessed he regrets turning down the movies Seven and Michael Clayton.

The American Gangster actor decided against starring in thriller Seven in 1995, which went on to feature Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, and he also said no to 2007 drama Michael Clayton, which starred George Clooney and Sydney Pollack.

When asked if he regretted turning down any parts, Denzel told GQ: "Seven and Michael Clayton. With Clayton, it was the best material I had read in a long time, but I was nervous about a first-time director, and I was wrong. It happens."

Denzel also revealed that he had wanted parts in 80s war films Full Metal Jacket and Platoon.

He said: "They were like, 'Well, [Stanley Kubrick] doesn't send out his scripts.' I was like, 'Well, then what do you want me to do?' Platoon, I wanted to play the part Willem Dafoe played."

The 57-year-old has starred in dozens of films but manages to keep a relatively low profile despite his fame.

He explained: "Sidney Poitier told me this years ago: 'If they see you for free all week, they won't pay to see you on the weekend, because they feel like they've seen you. If you walk by the magazine section in the supermarket and they've known you all their life, there's no mystery. They can't take the ride.'

"My professional work is being a better actor. I don't know how to be a celebrity."

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