Hollywood legend Denzel Washington appalled his dinner companions recently by falling asleep at the table.

The Training Day actor and wife PAULETTA were dining with SILENCE OF THE LAMBS director Jonathan Demme at Manhattan's fashionable Asian restaurant 66, when he dozed off between courses.

An eyewitness remarks, "He put his head down, closed his eyes and started snoring."

Paulette tried to cover the embarassing scenario by explaining overworked Denzel was suffering from jet lag, and hadn't had a chance to nap yet.

08/08/2003 19:03