John David Washington On The Movie Star Advice He Got From The Rock

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Truth be told, I still can’t believe it. There’s a part of me that has this sinking feeling that they’re going to pull the rug out from underneath us at the last possible moment. That rug, of course, is the release of Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s long-awaited eleventh feature film (11 and “Tenet” are both palindromes, which seem to be a theme of the film).

Starring in said 11th Nolan joint is John David Washington, Ballers star turned Spike Lee muse turned Christopher Nolan blockbuster A-lister (who also happens to be Denzel Washington’s son, by the way). Despite only being in the acting industry for a handful of years, Washington’s rise has been meteoric, with Tenet being the latest rung in the ladder to superstardom.

Becoming an A-Lister isn’t an overnight process, though: Washington has got to learn the ropes. Luckily for him, he spent years working with arguably the movie star, The Rock, who naturally gave him a very Rock-esque piece of advice.

“Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson gave me some great advice before he sent me off to the grad school of Nolan. He said, ‘Make sure you eat and stay hydrated.’ He always was telling me to hydrate when we were shooting Ballers. I used to think it was funny, but I see what he means now. Hydration is key when it comes to that stuff, man,” Washington told Total Film.

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I, for one, am shocked that The Rock’s biggest piece of advice was related to advise. Absolutely stunned. Hoodwinked, bamboozled. Led astray. Run amok. Who woulda thunk it? Not I.

In addition to John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, Tenet also stars Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, Clémence Poésy, and Dimple Kapadia.

Tenet, after numerous delays, is finally set to hit theaters in the United States, where theaters are open, on Friday, September 4.

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