It’s John David Washington‘s birthday! Although he hasn’t been in a lot of movies so far, he is Denzel‘s son and has Christoper Nolan‘s Tenet coming out soon (we hope). To mark the occasion, here are five of his lesser-known performances. Check some of these out!
I’m not a huge Spike Lee fan (he’s really hit or miss with me), but I have to say that this one was brilliant. I loved Washington’s take on Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. The man was determined to make a name for himself, and how do you do that? Infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. His teaming up with Adam Driver as the seasoned cop Flip Zimmerman is just a great combo and a damn enjoyable film.
The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
(Mostly) Based on the real-life story of career criminal and prison escape artist, 70 year old Forrest Tucker. conducts a string of heists, eludes authorities and enchants the public. Supposedly Robert Redford‘s final starring role, Washington does not have a huge role in the film as Lieutenant Kelley. But, director David Lowery says he was majorly impressed by his willingness to take on such a small role in his film and claims if you pay attention to him in scenes you see “an actor doing good work.”
All Rise (2018)
Based on the 1999 award winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, the film follows Steve Harmon, a 17 year old honors student and aspiring filmmaker. Unfortunately he gets caught up in a robbery where a murder happens. The film is a dramatic journey through the complex legal battle of his fight to prove his innocence. Washington plays Richard “Bobo” Evans and stars alongside Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Tim Blake Nelson and rapper A$AP Rocky.
Monsters and Men (2018)
Three intertwined stories of three principle characters tell the story of the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of police filmed by a bystander. In the tight-knit community of Bed-Stuy this incident acts as a jump-off for showing the way such personal actions can resonate across multiple layers of a system at war. Washington stars as Officer Dennis Williams who is deeply conflicted by the incident. Early on in the film, he is seen off-duty pulled over by a white police officer without cause. It’s not until later that we learn that it’s the sixth such incident of the year. Frustrated by the institutional racism around him, however he retains his deep convictions about the job.
Love Beats Rhymes (2017)
Directed by RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. The film stars Azealia Banks as 25-year-old rapper Coco from Staten Island, New York who wants to pursue a music career. However her parents demand that she finish her schooling and get a degree. So she enrolls in a poetry class, thinking her rhymes will impress her professor. Instead, that professor challenges Coco to seek real meaning in her lyrics. This journey of discovery takes her through rap clubs and poetry slams, leading her to find her true voice. Washington stars as her producer Mahlik who is just one of the many people pushing Coco to really blossom as a rapper.
What do you think of birthday boy John David Washington’s filmography so far? Obviously the guy is gonna be a huge star.