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Published: Tuesday November 22, 2011 06:00 AM EST

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"I don't take myself too seriously," PEOPLE's 1996 Sexiest Man Alive, Denzel Washington, admitted. "I don't stop in the mirror and go, 'Hey, Sexy Man.'" Maybe because he's not just another pretty face: As Courage Under Fire costar Regina Taylor said, "He has wit, style and intelligence."