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ABOUT DENZEL & I
by James Lee Jobe,posted Sep 26 2010 7:39AM
It's nice to have some form of pro football back in Sacramento, and I am enjoying our Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL. Very cool. There is one problem, though, a personal one. Denzel Washington, one of America's finest actors of all time, has a son who plays for the team. And that's a problem for you, you ask?
Well, yes. Ever since the TV show St. Elsewhere became a hit in the early 1980s, people have been stopping me on the street, asking for Denzel Washington's autograph. Whenever he has a new movie come out it starts over again. This weekend Washington was in town for his son's first home game, and I've had 5 people ask for autographs, including the checkout girl at Nugget Market, who has been checking me out for ten years.
"Please, Mr. Washington, I'm a HUGE fan, I've seen all your movies!"
"I'm James Jobe, I'm sorry. I'm not Denzel Washington."
"I get it, I'm talking too loud. A famous guy like you doesn't a crowd following him around everywhere." Her voice lowers to a whisper. "Training Day and and Glory especially."
"Judy, I've been shopping here since this place opened. I'm James Lee Jobe from The Eagle radio station. You know my wife, my kids."
"Well, any of the movies where you're sort of an 'angry' guy, and you do that thing with your lips. GOD, that's hot."
"Can I just pay for my groceries?"
"Sure. Mr. Movie Star. Doesn't have time for the people who BUY the movie tickets."
Thirty years of various takes on that scenario. Now, mind you, I'm not blind. I can see a certain Jobe-like strength in Washington's face, and yes, we are both blessed with rugged jaws and steely stares, but can't you all see the one glaring difference between Denzel Washington and myself? ... I'm at least 2 inches taller!