warns moviegoers that his new film, The Art of War
(opening Friday), is not your typical action flick. For one thing, there is no obligatory sex scene between him and leading lady Marie Matiko
"The guy I play has no time to get it on with a woman," Snipes tells TV Guide Online of his covert agent character. "It's like, 'Yo, the man is on the run.' He's too busy saving himself to end up in the sack at some hotel."
Snipes more than makes up for War's lack of hanky panky in his upcoming HBO movie, Disappearing Acts. "It's a romance, it's drama, it's interaction, it's black love," he explains. "These are things that we want to see, and I haven't done a project like that in a long time. I felt it was time for me to do a love story."
In fact, if Snipes had his druthers, the star of Blade and U.S. Marshals would take Shakespeare over Star Wars any day. "I didn't get into the business to do action," he insists. "I'm a classically trained actor and I love the more dramatic stuff, whether it's on Broadway or in film. But doing films like The Art of War has afforded me the opportunity to do projects like Disappearing Acts, which are more heartfelt and sensitive. So I'm not knocking it."
Especially not with the sequel to Blade coming out next year. The follow-up to the 1998 hit ? in which Snipes plays a guy who's half human/half vampire ? revisits such small themes as urban vigilantism and world domination. "The basic premise is that there's been some genetic engineering between humans and vampires," he explains. "And a super vampire is created. This super vampire feeds off other vampires. So the vampires want to call a peace treaty with Blade, because they need his help to get these other super vampires out of the way. So now his enemies become his allies."
For his part, Snipes believes that Blade 2 will blow its predecessor out of the water. "The original Blade," he says, "is going to look like child's play compared to the sequel."