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Denzel Washington makes his own ‘Lethal Weapon’

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Updated: August 31, 2013 6:19AM



Denzel Washington has been the Sexiest Man Alive. He’s also one of the smartest.

Ask the 58-year-old Oscar-winning actor the secrets of his 30-year marriage and Washington says, “Being friends with your mate is how it really works,” he says. “The other way is when you know in your heart that you aren’t going anywhere.”

It’s Denzel the fighter and not just the lover in his film “2 Guns” (opening Friday). Washington plays a DEA agent opposite Mark Wahlberg’s Naval Intelligence Officer. Both must go on the run when they find out that they’ve been set up by the mob.

Working with Wahlberg was a dream. “We could be stupid around each other, which made it really fun. I thought of the film as a throwback to the ‘Lethal Weapon’ buddy movies where you’re doing the job, but having a great time.”

Of course, Wahlberg and Washington are reluctant buddies in the film. “They don’t like each other at first. They justify being together by the fact that everyone is trying to kill them.”

Washington also has the Hollywood smarts for selecting roles. His honors include two Oscars for “Training Day”(2001) and “Glory” (1989).

“I’ll never forget that my late agent Ed Limato gave me the last two scripts he would ever give me and they were ‘Safe House’ (2012) and ‘Flight,’ ” he says. “I asked Ed what he thought about me doing ‘Flight’ and he agreed that the script was great, but I could tell that he thought that perhaps people wouldn’t want to see me in that light.

“My response was that I wanted people to see me in all lights.

“ I never wanted to candy-coat a career. I want people to see me play characters that they never thought I would do.”

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