John David Washington talks about new film, 'Tenet'

The time-bending, sci-fi action movie from director Christopher Nolan is one of the first big-budget movies to be released in theaters since the pandemic.
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Transcript for John David Washington talks about new film, 'Tenet'
You know our next guest from his golden globe nominated role in "Blackkklansman" and the show "Ballers." Now he stars in "Tenet." Take a look. To do what I do I need some idea of the threat we face. Well we're trying to prevent World War II. I'm not saying armageddon here. No, something worse. "Tenet" will be the first big Hollywood movie to open in the U.S. Theaters since the pandemic it already made more than $53 million in its opening week overseas. Its star, John David Washington, is joining us live. John David, thank you so much for joining us and before we get into the movie, Hollywood is really reeling from the news of Chadwick Boseman's death. You two never had a chance to work together but what are your thoughts on the legacy that he leaves behind? Yeah, my thoughts and my heart and prayers go out to his family during this time, you know, just being a graduate of a historically black college I just was so proud of the work he was doing and being the face of one of the biggest franchises of all time. I got to meet him briefly once some years ago and he's just as warm as you want him to be and it's a terrible loss and I'm praying for his family. We are too. Certainly John David. Let's talk about "Tenet." Directed by Christopher Nolan and as we mentioned this is the first big movie to hit theaters since the pandemic struck. Many of us have gotten used to watching movies at home this. One will be seen on the big screen. Why do you think it's important to see it that way in a theater? Well, you know, it's an event film and especially during this time there's nothing more eventful than being able to go to the movie theaters and seeing something like this. It's an ambitious film. It's his biggest film he's ever done, spy genre, action thriller but it's a Christopher Nolan genre so twists and turns to make you think enough. But it's something that you can enjoy and to be experienced imax in a movie theater is the perfect movie to get back to the theaters for. The trailer by itself looks pretty intense. We know the movie Dees with time travel and there's scenes that go forwards and then backwards but we're told that's not an edit going trick. You had to shoot them that way and train to fight that way as Yes, so I had to learn walk, talk, fight, run, block, punch backwards and forwards, so I had to -- it was a great challenge for me having a football background, being able to sort of unlearn what I'm used to doing so we were sort of discovering these moves together as with the stunt coordinators and it was a great experience. It was taxing on the body, but it was worth it for sure. With a football background, I'm sure it helped learning how to get beat up, get sore and work your way through it. Watching it, it looks difficult. What was most difficult was learning to do some of your lines backwards. Now, I'm not going to put you on the spot but it's very difficult to do but how were you able to do that. We -- I'll spoil -- I had an app that helped where you speak a line or really a word into the app and it says it backwards to you then you learn how to say that and then speak it into the app and make sure you're checking it so it was very difficult but some of the best work I've ever seen from an arc was from Kenneth branagh, he was also saying them backwards but with a Russian accent so I've never seen anything like that before. It was insane. It was crazy. By the way, John David, I understand when the pandemic first hit you moved back to L.A. You actually moved back in with mom and dad. How did that go? I was -- how did that go? It was full of life, it was fun. Felt like a kid again and that's why I moved out a little later. I will tell you this, I had breakfast with your dad years ago right when you booked he said John David is the most naturally gifted actor in my family. That's a big compliment coming from your dad. He's very proud of you as are we all, man. We cannot wait to see this movie. Thank you so much. I appreciate it. Have a good morning. "Tenet" hits the big screen on Thursday wherever theaters are open. Make sure you check it out.

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