Mark Wahlberg jumped at the chance to work with his neighbour, Denzel Washington, on new movie 2 Guns - because the Glory star has always looked out for the former Calvin Klein underwear model and rapper and offered him some sage advice over the years.
The Ted star had no idea his pal was attached to the action film when he first picked up the script - and he was thrilled to discover he'd be starring alongside his longtime mentor.
Wahlberg explains, "I said, 'Who is the other guy?' Once I heard Denzel was interested, I was like, 'Great, we got our movie'.
"I've always admired him and we've known each other socially. We both have four kids. We're neighbours and I would always pick his brains for advice, personally and professionally. He's a church-going, family man."
And Washington appears to really like his protege, telling Wenn, "Mark's a good guy. He's a regular guy like me. He's a good dude, excited about his businesses. He hasn't lost his way."