The long-anticipated movie “Tenet” is finally being released in theaters . . . except in Los Angeles. The film’s budget and intention to be a “big theater” experience pushed Warner Bros. to pursue a theatrical release, instead of straight to on-demand. But that means SoCal moviegoers are going to miss John David Washington’s leading performance in the Christopher Nolan directed film. It’s not the release he was expecting, but he’s glad it’s finally out.
Washington caught people’s eye with his performance in the 2018 Spike Lee drama “BlacKkKlansman”, and many were excited to see what his next move might be. The next time audiences would have the chance to see Washington was as the leading protagonist in “Tenet,” starring alongside Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki. The movie was expected to be one of the biggest box office hits this year. Then the pandemic happened. The highly-anticipated Nolan flick was originally scheduled to be released on July 17th. But the film was postponed multiple times until Warner Bros. finally settled for a September 3rd theatrical release date. Still, not all moviegoers will have the chance to see the film and Washington’s performance if they live in an area where movie theaters are still closed due to coronavirus restrictions. Washington, like the rest of us, never thought we'd be living under the circumstances of a pandemic. But situation aside, he’s happy that at least some now have the chance to go see the film. John Horn spoke with Washington to talk more about the film and the impact the pandemic has had on the film industry.
With contributions from John Horn
John David Washington, actor and producer starring in the movie “Tenet”; his other films include “BlacKkKlansman” and “Love Beats Rhyme”