WASHINGTON -- Clint Eastwood has taken a lot of barbs over his empty chair routine at the Republican National Convention, but Denzel Washington still holds the film legend in high regard.

"I have the utmost respect for him as an actor and as a director," Washington said. "He's my hero."

Although Washington supported Obama in 2008, he graciously declined to address an empty chair or do any "Eastwooding," as it's come to be known on the Internet. He calls himself an independent and said in this election he isn't committing to either side.

"I listen to both sides of the argument and try to make an assessment," he said.

Washington was in the nation's capital along with Olympic champion Michael Phelps and R&B singer Ashanti for an event sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of America.

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    "You are an -- an ecological man. Why would you want to drive that around?"

  • Biden Zinger

    "You're crazy, you're absolutely crazy. You're getting as bad as Biden. Of course we all now Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party."

  • Don't Mention Romney's Law Degree

    "I think attorneys are so busy -- you know they're always taught to argue everything, and always weight everything -- weigh both sides. They are always devil's advocating this and bifurcating this and bifurcating that. You know all that stuff."

  • Hot-Dogging It

    "There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot-dogging it."

  • You Know? You Don't.

    "I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just -- you know -- I know -- people were wondering -- you don't -- handle that OK."

  • Whose War Was That Anyway?

    "But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK. You know, I mean -- you thought that was something worth doing. We didn't check with the Russians to see how they did there for the 10 years."

  • Possibly, Maybe Time For Romney?

    "Whenever interest they have is not strong enough, and I think possibly now it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem."

  • Tell Romney

    "What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that. I can't tell him to do that to himself."

  • Maybe Use A Plane

    "And I think it's that time. And I think if you just step aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over. You can maybe still use a plane."

  • Mental Masochists

    "What I'm saying, we do not have to be mental masochists and vote for somebody that we don't really even want in office just because they seem to be nice guys or maybe not so nice guys."