Denzel Washington has turned down film roles and forced directors to alter scenes in a bid to promote racial equality in Hollywood.
The African-American actor confesses he turned down a love scene with Julia Roberts in THE PELICAN BRIEF and rejected a starring role in movie Love Field alongside MICHELLE PFIEFFER because he disliked the use of the word "n**ger".
In journalist ALLISON SAMUELS' new book OFF THE RECORD - quoted by the New York Daily News - he says, "Black women are not often seen as objects of desire on film. And they have always been my core audience."
He adds of Love Field, "It was n**ger this and n**ger that. I wasn't going to be but so many n**gers in a film."