John David Washington’s Five Favorite Performances
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John David Washington

Actor

John David Washington—star of BlacKkKlansman and Tenet—has been lighting it up onscreen with increasing frequency in recent years. The son of Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington, Washington's hauled in nominations at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards in his own right. He's also one of the few actors to make the rare leap from NFL football player to full-fledged movie star.


On the eve of his newest release, Malcolm & Marie, we asked Washington for a watchlist of his favorite movie performances. The actor told us that narrowing his picks to only five films “under-represents many of the performances I love, but these are the answers that come to mind.”

Check out Washington's all-time favorite performances below.

1

'Raging Bull'

1980

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On Robert De Niro's Jake LaMotta: "The combination of hypermasculinity and vulnerability—all rolled up into one very emotional person—was very inspiring to watch."

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'Raging Bull'
1980
128 Mins | R
The rise and fall of boxing champion Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro).


2

"The Dark Knight"

2008

On Heath Ledger's Joker: "He made awkward and strange behavior look so cool and almost healthy."

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"The Dark Knight"
2008
152 Mins | PG-13
Having struck his first blow against the criminals of Gotham, Batman faces an escalation.


3

'Malcolm X'

1992

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On Denzel Washington's titular performance: "It is almost impossible to play someone who is so well-known and memorable. I have never seen anyone embody the spirit of someone who lived the way Denzel did."

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'Malcolm X'
1992
201 Mins | PG-13
The civil-rights leader (Denzel Washington) rises from criminal to crusader.


4

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

1975

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On Jack Nicholson's portrayal of Randle McMurphy: "The fact that Jack Nicholson isn't crazy in real life is what makes that performance untouchable."

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'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'
1975
133 Mins | R
Ken Kesey's misfit (Jack Nicholson) inspires fellow mental patients.


5

'Hook'

1991

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On Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook: "I loved it because of his accent. He made a character that's supposed to be despicable so love-able. I found myself feeling sorry for him and rooting for him. He needed a hug."

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'Hook'
1991
144 Mins | PG
Lawyer (Robin Williams) turns into Peter Pan to save kids from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman).


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