Denzel's no Ahnuld

Washington says he's too old for action flicks; Schwarzenegger on the finer points of cycle crashing. Plus: Mariah Carey, best actress!

By Amy Reiter
Published February 5, 2002 5:40PM (EST)

Is Denzel Washington ready for all talk, no action?

The actor says he's losing interest in all action-adventure flicks.

"I don't like running around for two weeks without saying anything," he recently admitted to TV Guide Online. "I don't care for fight scenes and hanging off of stuff. It's just not for me. I'm getting too old for that stuff. It hurts!"

But what Denzel fails to appreciate, it seems, is that the knowledge gained from "hanging off of stuff" could save his life.

Just ask Arnold Schwarzenegger, who insists that he learned everything he needed to know about surviving his recent motorcycle crash from his rough roles in the "Terminator" flicks.

Unable to change lanes when a car stopped directly in front of him while he was on his bike, Arnold says, he got right into character and "put the bike down" just the way he learned to do in the films.

"You put the rear brake on, it slides out, you go down with the bike and you slide with both wheels into the car," he tells the Associated Press.

Which is not to say action adventurers feel no pain. The six ribs he broke when his chest hit his motorcycle windshield, he says, were "very painful, much more painful than ... heart surgery. A rib breaking is, like, the worst."

On second thought, Denzel may have a point ...

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Hasn't she suffered enough?

"I would say she's got a lock on best actress. She's the female equivalent of 'Battlefield Earth.'"

-- Golden Rasberry founder John Wilson on the likelihood that Mariah Carey will be dubiously honored with a Razzie Award for her less-than-dazzling turn in "Glitter," to Reuters.

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No foster parent needed

If we haven't heard much from Jodie Foster recently, it's probably because she's been busy fulfilling her parental duties. And she has a few choice words for celebs who choose their work over playing with their kiddies.

"Some actors pay for someone to pick up their mail and walk their dog and pick up the kids from school," Foster, who has two young sons, sniffs in Premiere magazine. "But that's your life.

"So you're paying someone else to live your life so you can work more? I'd rather pay somebody to work for me."

How much is she offering?

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Juicy bits

Come to think of it, however much Jodie Foster's offering, it's highly unlikely to be as much as the cast of "Friends" is hoping to rake in for their ninth season. It would appear that the snazzy sixsome has begun negotiations with Warner Brothers and NBC with an eye toward earning a whopping $1 million an episode. (They currently collect a mere $750,000 an episode.) Industry insiders tell Variety there's probably a "50-50 chance" that the cast will snag the extra dough and sign on. That's better than Vegas ...

Look who's in a New York state of mind ... Billy Joel is making his way to Broadway. His first-ever musical, "Movin' Out," a collaboration with choreographer Twyla Tharp, is set to open at the Richard Rodgers Theater in October. It takes place in the '60s and focuses on six buddies and their struggles with and in Vietnam -- and will feature Joel music both new and old. I can only imagine where "Only the Good Die Young" fits in.

Who needs Bill Murray? Not the producers of the "Charlie's Angels" sequel, according to Jamie Foxx. The comedian claims he's been tapped to replace Murray as Bosley in the upcoming film. Except he'll actually play the son of Bosley, resulting from "a hot little night back in the hood," he tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He may or may not be joking, but I think it's a darn good idea ...

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