Actor and also the son of Denzel Washington, John David Washington expressed how he prepared for his role in the film and whether there was a moment when he fully understood the character’s place in the story.
John David played the role of The Protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and the film was one of the few films that were released in theaters.
Although Nolan expressed his excitement about ‘Tenet,’ managing to make 350 million dollars, companies like Warner Bros. didn’t interpret it as true success.
While the 36-years-old actor received a lot of praise for his performance in the film, he explained that he was trying to fully understand the character’s place in the story by really working on his character for a long time and asking questions like a second class student.
In the continuation of his statements, he explained that when he first read the script, which lasted four hours, he felt connected to the characters. Later on, he started training for his role for two-and-a-half months realizing the rules of inversion better.
Here’s what he stated:
“It’s interesting. I love that question because of those moments of realization, or understanding, comprehension of the script, and concept. It was seasonal; it would come, and then it would go.
When I first read the script, which took about four-and-a-half hours or so, I really thought I connected to the characters. The world we were in? I had no idea. I’m not sure what he’s talking about, but the characters I really understood, I thought.
Then, conceptually, I thought once I started training for those two-and-a-half months, I started understanding the rules of inversion a little better, just because of the repetition of working these moves out in the inverted world, and what the rules dictate.”
Moreover, John David Washington stated that he felt differently every week during the filming of Tenet because some weeks he was very confident about what he was doing, while some weeks he felt the need to ask Christopher Nolan questions like a second-grader, thankfully Nolan was very patient with his questions.
“That being said, I had this confidence, sometimes. It was week to week. Some weeks I was like, “Yeah I got it, I totally know what we’re doing.” Other weeks, I was asking questions as if I was a second-grader. Just the most basic of questions, and always asking the questions, and [Nolan] was patient with me, so I appreciate that.”
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