Denzel Washington has been forced to give up his family's weekly trips to church - because he's sick of being bothered by other parishioners.

The movie star used to be a regular at his local Beverly Hills church, sitting in the front row with his family, but now he's a far less regular attendee because he became the centre of attention.

When he does now attend a Sunday sermon, Washington now tries to "blend in" in the balcony.

He says, "Going to the church isn't always the best experience for me, when people are handing me their CDs and scripts.

"I'm like, 'I'm here to be fed, spiritual food, and people are trying to get me to cut deals.'"

28/07/2004 09:52