Washington Faced Subway Fear On Pelham Set
DENZEL WASHINGTON nearly passed up an offer to reteam with director TONY SCOTT for a fourth time - after discovering he'd have to face his fear of public transport for new film THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3.
The 54-year-old actor grew up in rural New York, hours away from the city, and is still haunted by the lewd acts and violent crimes he witnessed on his daily commutes.
And when he signed on to the movie to play a train engineer, Washington immediately saw flash backs of the rat-infested subway system - leaving him questioning whether he could go through with filming.
He says, "I grew up in Mount Vernon, a two hour ride on the train everyday. I fell asleep and ended up in Brooklyn (New York) some nights. I almost got robbed. I've seen babies being made on the train. I've seen it all, and I said to myself, 'If I ever get two dollars to rub together, I will never take the train.'"
Washington and Scott have previously worked together on films including Crimson Tide, Man on Fire and Deja Vu.