There is already buzz for John David Washington’s “first” Spike Lee movie, “BlacKkKlansman,” when it’s actually the actor’s second.
“I was a little kid and I said like three words, ‘I am Malcolm X,'” Washington recalled with a smile in a recent interview with CNN. “That was my one line, and I delivered with passion.”
It didn’t hurt that his father, Denzel Washington, was the star of Lee’s 1992 critically acclaimed film “Malcolm X.”
Washington segued from dreams of an NFL career (after playing as a running back at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams in 2006 and went on to play for the United Football League) to carving his own path in Hollywood.
While many know the 34-year-old as Ricky Jerret in the HBO comedy series “Ballers,” Washington next appears as real-life police detective Ron Stallworth in “BlacKkKlansman.”