Denzel Washington is still amazed at his success as an actor - because he always wanted to be a football star.

The OSCAR-winning Training Day actor admits his ambitions were always on the sports field - never in front of a camera.

He says, "I wasn't interested in acting, didn't know anything about it, didn't know anybody who was.

"I didn't have a lot of examples or reasons to want to be like anybody 'cause there wasn't anybody out there that looked like me. So the guys that looked like me were Jim Brown and BOB HAYES.

"I grew up a jock. I was 20 years old before I took an acting class 'cause somebody told me I couldn't get anywhere - and they were wrong!"

23/09/2003 21:20