Tenet star responds to age gap criticism on Netflix movie

Dan Seddon
·2-min read

From Digital Spy

Netflix movie Malcolm & Marie has received criticism for its 12-year age gap between lead stars John David Washington and Zendaya.

Their characters provide an intimate and devastating insight into the mechanics of being in a relationship. But to some corners of the viewership, it's a taboo-tinged situation.

Speaking to Variety ahead of its streaming release, Washington (son of Denzel) hit back.

Photo credit: DOMINIC MILLER/NETFLIX © 2021  - Netflix
Photo credit: DOMINIC MILLER/NETFLIX © 2021 - Netflix

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"I wasn't concerned about it because she is a woman," he declared. "People are going to see in this film how much of a woman she is. She has far more experience than I do in the industry. I've only been in it for seven years. She's been in it longer, so I'm learning from her.

"I'm the rookie. I was leaning on her for a lot. Some of the stories she's shared about what she's had to go through with Twitter and everything. I appreciated her wisdom and discernment when it comes to this business. I admire that."

Photo credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF
Photo credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF

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In further admiration of his co-star Zendaya (who'll show up later this year in Dune), the Tenet actor concluded: "What I'm really excited for people to see when the film is released – they're going to see how mature she is in this role.

"We're talking about versatility, and Sam [Levinson, director] and Zendaya brought both."

Malcolm & Marie arrives February 5 on Netflix.

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