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John David Washington says he’s learned to accept the ‘inevitable’ comparisons to his father’s Denzel

He once ran away from being simply called “”,Denzel Washington’s son,” John David Washington He says he’s reconciled with the recognition that he’s inheriting his father’s legacy.

talk to CBS Sunday MorningKelefa Sane of , Washington spent years carving out an identity separate from that of his father, but soon realized that whatever path he chose, he would inevitably be bound by him. made it clear that

Despite always having a secret interest in acting, Washington says he studied football at his alma mater, Morehouse College, and later played in the UFL and then the NFL to make a name for himself.

“It gave me an identity,” he said of football. “What really motivated me to do that was my own name: Independence.

John David Washington says he's learned to accept the 'inevitable' comparisons to his father's Denzel

He says he chose to go into hiding because he was “scary” to be the son of two talented people.

my mother is a very talented artist, and my dad is one of the all-time greats. He’s my favorite actor,” Washington said. “When I was at home in my own home with my family, I felt comfortable.

“When they saw me play, I felt football would change that story,” he said. But on the field, he was still known as Denzel’s son.

“I read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I think it was my freshman year. [read] “Denzel’s son runs for so many yards and so many touchdowns,” he said. “That’s when I realized it was inevitable.”

After tearing his Achilles tendon in 2013, he finally embraced his true passion, professional acting, and said, “I learned what true happiness is.

John David Washington says he's learned to accept the 'inevitable' comparisons to his father's Denzel
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 5, 2005: John David Washington presents UGG at the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the Arlington Theater on February 5, 2019 in Santa Barbara, CA Attend the Celebrity Awards. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Well, with acting credits like Black KK Klansman, Malcolm & MarieTenetand new releases Amsterdam It is currently making its Broadway debut alongside Samuel L. Jackson. Daniel Brooks in the revival of August Wilson piano lessonhe is no longer determined to “prove himself” to get out of his father’s shadow.

“I could have the best game, career — the headlines would always be what it was,” he said. It’s business.”

When asked if he had ever seen his name surpass his father’s, Washington simply replied, “No.”

“It doesn’t feel real to me. He’s bigger than life. No, I don’t think so. I can’t.”



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