askmen.com Denzel Washington has thanked his mother for saving him from drugs.
The 'DГ©jГ Vu' actor, who became addicted to heroin after his parents divorced when he was 14, says he would be dead now if it wasn't for his mother Lynne.
He told Britain's Live magazine: "When everyone was getting on with their lives, I was doing everything in my powers to shorten mine. Everyone was getting strung on heroin. In those situations everyone gets a tap on the shoulder at some point. Mine was starting to listen when I realised my mother really cared about me."
The two-time Oscar-winner has also blasted fellow stars who complain about the pressure of fame.
He said: "It's only acting. Sure, I'm recognised, but that's not pressure. Pressure is being a 20-year-old kid in Iraq with a gun slung over his shoulder. It's important to keep some perspective on all this."