• Thu, Jan 4 2007

Denzel Washington says no to love scene with Julia Roberts – because she’s white

First things first: is Denzel Washington not one of the most gorgeous men on the planet or WHAT. Just look at him. Holy Cow.

What was I talking about? Oh, yeah:

The ‘Déjà Vu’ actor was cast opposite the Oscar-winning actress in ‘The Pelican Brief’ on Roberts’ own insistence, but he refused to take part in the sex scene in the original script out of loyalty to his female African-American fans.

According to Newsweek journalist Allison Samuels’ new book ‘Off the Record’, Washington said: "Black women are not often seen as objects of desire on film. And they have always been my core audience."

Washington also revealed he turned down the lead role in ‘Love Field’ with Michelle Pfeiffer because of the film’s use of the word n****r.

He said: "It was n****r this and n****r that. I wasn’t going to be one of many n****rs in a film."

I appreciate where he’s coming from, but aren’t we kind of past all this? Let me know what you think in the comments.


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  • M

    i am a black man(African in america), not an African american. to be more specific, born a so-called negro. i respect Mr. Denzel Washington’s choice to not kiss the very beautiful and talented Ms. Julia Roberts in the Pelican Brief becasuse of his respect for his core following of Black Women. he played THE GREAT MALCOLM SHABAZZ(MALCOLM X) and as far as i am concerned had the pleasure of kissing the talented and beautiful ms kate vernon. he was playing the life of the GREAT MALCOLM X and i believe he knew BLACK WOMEN would understand. do your thing Denzel.

    • M

      does make sense. Denzel was playing Malcoln X. A real person who had relations with white women. a true story. in the fiction pelican brief Denzel played the fictional character Gray Grathum and chose not to have the love scene with Ms Roberts. there is the difference and therefore Black Women could digest his choices.

  • J Topps

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense seeing that he did a love scene the year before in Malcom X with a white woman.

  • soontoleave

    Hey Denzel, how about telling that to; O.J, Cuba, Tiger, Seal, Quincey, Michael ( Jordan and Jackson), Jim Brown, Richard Pryor, Sammy Davis Jr, etc, etc.

    • Hope

      The funny part Tiger is not a black man, and had no loyality to blacks so his off that list. Quincy Jones helped many black musicians but doesn’t intermingle with many african americans, OJ is in jail, Seal is a mess now, Cuba career has been hindered, Jordan’s first wife was black and etc, etc.

      I have noticed the most celebrated black men in America are the ones who are supported strongly by Black women

  • Hope

    Good job Denzel, thanks for representing. Black men like you give good influences & images for the black american community. Black women were one of your first fans and always be your fans

  • itatruth

    You amercians are so racial. I am a mulatto from sweden. My mother is swedush and my father is from the ivory coast. Even touh racists exist here. Race isnt a big issue as it is in the states. Its frithening how a multicultural mixed country like yours are so fixed on races. We have a lot of imigrants and mixed races over here to. But there is not problems at the levels you seem to have in the states. Here we have had a mixed suciety for only 40 years or so. You have had it for since your country was founded but stil have these big problems. Wery sad to see

    • LDix

      To itatruth… our bouts with racism spans much further than your mere 40 years could ever interpret. Although we have progressed and have made many significant strides in America, the scourge of slavery and being treated as 2/3 of a human being over some 200 plus years ago is still having a lasting affect on the psyche of blacks in this country. And yes we’ve had to fight to get to the point where we can actually trust the dominant race of this country, it is not as simple as giving a pardon for past indiscretions. And so to have black women identify with a man (an iconic figure of their own race) and his decision to create the illusion that healthy relationships in the fragile black community can exist, in my mind was the right decision for Denzel to make at the time.