Wesley Snipes: The Wisdom of Wesley

Q: What turns you on in a woman?

A: I love legs. From the waist down it's all good. I like a woman who is self-confident, who can work it, walk the walk, wear her clothes, smile, be happy. . . yeah, I like that.

Q: How did you meet the woman you're with now, Donna Wong?

A: Through a mutual friend. My assistant set up a blind date. They didn't tell her who I was, just that I was a nice guy. She has great spirit. A great sense of humor. She's brought out that more yang side of my life. Very comfortable. Being OK to smile.

Q: How different are Asian women from black or Caucasian women?

A: You mean in gross general terms that people who are reading this will be pissed about?

Q: Yeah, let's piss off all three groups.

A: I've come to the conclusion that beautiful women in the West aren't comfortable finding strength in their femininity. They want to do masculine-oriented things to establish their femininity. It's a contradiction. Water doesn't have to fight a rock to prove it's as strong as a rock. Water understands it's soft and gentle, but if you fuck around it will drown your ass. Asian women are out there: they're beautiful, compassionate. [But] black women are beautiful, some white women are beautiful.

Q: So now you're being politically correct.

A: I read that Asian women were bedroom generals. Some people think that means they're great in bed, but that's not the issue. They're talking about a place where the man is at his most vulnerable, where they have the most control. They don't have to beat him over the head to mow the lawn. They can whisper it in his ear and give him a kiss on the cheek and it's no problem. That's a general.

Q: In Playboy you said that Asians are into how to heal through breathing and sex, and how different positions are better.

A: This is true.

Q: So what's the number one position for a man to keep his health in proper balance?

A: Have sex as much as you want, but try not to ejaculate. Then you won't have prostate problems and your longevity and vitality will be retained.

Q: How often do you do that?

A: I have been successful only once.

Q: So all this is bullshit, because you don't do what you're talking about. [Laughing]

A: You have to work up to it, man.

Q Why is good sex hard to come by?

A: For one, people don't think that it's an art form that has to be learned and cultivated.

Q: You've said that white women are more understanding of a man than black women.

A: I never said that. Collectively in the West, white women have a better understanding of men who are successful.

Q: Halle Berry lost 80 percent of her hearing in her left ear after being smacked by a boyfriend who was well known in Hollywood. You were one of her boyfriends, as were Eddie Murphy and, I believe, Spike Lee. Did you ever smack her?

A: No. And those are not the only boyfriends she had, either. There's one in particular they never talk about.

Q: You said you and Angela Bassett had great chemistry in Waiting to Exhale. Who else makes you melt?

A: Lauren Hutton got fire. She said she's been asked if she had some African ancestry and she started to do some research. She has a style that's beautiful and sexy, but you know if she had to punch you in the face she would do it. I love that. I think Salma Hayek is fine, beautiful, hot.

Q: Let's talk about actors you admire. You've mentioned Rutger Hauer, De Niro, Duvall, Avery Brooks, Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken. Want to add any others?

A: James Coburn. Kathy Bates. Meryl Streep. Edward James Olmos. Laurence Fishburne. Eddie Murphy.

Q: You've said that you think of yourself as coming from a long line of royalty.

A: Without a doubt. It has been a source of solace in times of trouble, and a source of inspiration to do better work. I can't trace back my lineage to some structured royal family, but I see my spirit reflected in a number of cats in history who had royal status. I'm born in the sign of Leo. My Asian astrological sign is Tiger. Somewhere in there it just fits. I like sleeping during the day and hunting at night. [Laughs]

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