John David Washington Talks Creating His Own Identity, Switching From Pro Football To Acting & Theatrical/Streaming Ahead Of ‘Beckett’ Premiere

John David Washington Talks Creating His Own Identity, Switching From Pro Football To Acting & Theatrical/Streaming Ahead Of ‘Beckett’ Premiere
Exclusive: With their action thriller Beckett set to land on Netflix on August 13, Deadline sat down with star John David Washington and director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino to chat about putting together the story of an American on the run amidst political unrest in Greece.

Washington has had a remarkable 12 months, finding himself at the center of the streaming versus theatrical debate that exploded during the pandemic. Last summer, he was the lead in Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s time-bending action pic that was dubbed as cinema’s savior when it was released as theaters tentatively emerged from the first wave of lockdown closures. Later in the year, he starred opposite Zendaya in Malcolm & Marie, the entirely lockdown-shot feature that released on Netflix in January.

Below, we discuss how those experiences contrasted, and we also dig into his wider career, which saw him play pro football before transitioning into acting. His
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