Denzel Washington: It Was Survival Instinct— Not Acrophobia—That Kept Me from Tumbling

Don’t ever insinuate that Denzel Washington is a fraidy cat—lest you want to incur the wrath of one of Hollywood’s most powerful leading men.

Interviewed on Keeping it Reel, the two-time Oscar winner discusses the perils of making Unstoppable, director Tony Scott‘s new thriller, about a runaway train loaded with toxic cargo.

CAPTION: "It's just a good, action, intense kinda scary ride," Denzel (above) tells us of ‘Unstoppable.'

"It's just a good, action, intense kinda scary ride," Denzel (above) tells us of 'Unstoppable.'

“Fifty miles an hour—I’m running across the top of a train, hanging off the side of it,” Denzel, who plays a veteran engineer trying to prevent the locomotive from hurling into a heavily-populated area, tells host Tim Gordon.

“And I want you to know, it was really me up there. It’s crazy. Insane. I was standing up there and we’re picking up speed and I have to run across the top of it.

“And I’m going, ‘What am I doing with a helicopter flying 10 feet over my head?’

“But you know, it’s fun—now that it’s over,” he adds

When Tim asks if Denzel has a fear of heights, however, the superstar goes off.

“That’s not a fear of heights. That’s common sense!” he says.

“You’re on top of a train—100 feet up—that’s going 50 miles an hour. That’s not a fear of heights.”

Denzel, whose co-stars include Rosario Dawson and Star Trek hottie Chris Pine, also reveals what first attracted him to the action flick.

“It’s an adrenaline rush. When I first read the script—it just builds in intensity. And I was sure that’s how [Tony] would cut it together.

“He’s obviously got all the shots and all the toys to play with. So it’s gonna be an intense ride.”

Click here to hear Denzel Washington’s interview.

Click here to check out the trailer for Unstoppable, which opens Nov. 12.

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