Washington Urges Actors To Focus On Skills

TRAINING DAY star DENZEL WASHINGTON has slammed aspiring actors who spend more of their time trying to advance their careers through socialising than through sharpening their skills.

The OSCAR-winning actor refuses to acknowledge himself as a "product of Hollywood" and has never been a regular fixture on Tinseltown's party circuit - unlike many of his counterparts.

He says, "I don't feel connected to Hollywood at all. I'm a New Yorker... I don't change just because I moved.

"I'm trying to be a better actor and so far I haven't found where knowing somebody or partying with the right people made me any better - I think it's just the opposite... That's why I'm in the position I'm in."

02/08/2004 21:32

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