Even John David Washington doesn’t fully understand 'Tenet'

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John David Washington admits that even he doesn't fully understand Tenet (Image by Warner Bros)
John David Washington admits that even he doesn't fully understand Tenet (Image by Warner Bros)

Tenet star John David Washington says that even he doesn’t understand Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster, which has bamboozled critics and viewers.

During his recent interview with Cinemablend, Washington was asked if he anticipated being asked questions by his family and friends about Tenet, and whether or not he’ll have the answers.

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“I don’t think I’ll have the answers. But I anticipate [the questions will be] if I really did the fights, how much of the stunts were me, green screens, and things of that nature. Which I can handle! But there are going to be some other concepts that I probably won’t be able to accurately answer.”

It was at this point that Washington admitted, “I would like to personally see it more, and I’d feel more confident about answering questions”.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 29: Christopher Nolan speaks onstage during the Fourth Annual Kodak Film Awards at ASC Clubhouse on January 29, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Kodak)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 29: Christopher Nolan speaks onstage during the Fourth Annual Kodak Film Awards at ASC Clubhouse on January 29, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Kodak)

This isn’t the first time that Washington has admitted to not fully understanding Tenet. Although he did tell GQ, “I mean, literally on the first read, I thought I understood it, strangely. In my delirium, I thought I totally had, and I realised as the day went on, 'Ah, I don’t have it at all’. But to answer your question directly, I’m still kind of grasping it”.

Back in May, Robert Pattinson, Washington’s co-star in Tenet, also acknowledged to Esquire that he didn’t really have a clue what the movie was about during filming.

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“It’s an incredibly complicated movie, like all of Chris’s movies. I mean, you have to watch them when they’re completely finished and edited three or four times to understand what the true meaning is.”

“When you’re doing them, I mean, there were months at a time where I’m like, ‘Am I... I actually, honestly, have no idea if I’m even vaguely understanding what’s happening’. And yeah, I would definitely say that to John David. On the last day, I asked him a question about what was happening in a scene, and it was just so profoundly the wrong take on the character. And it was like, ‘Have you been thinking this the entire time?’”

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