John David Washington Explains Why His Beckett Character Is The Opposite Of Die Hard’s John McClane
The concept of an “everyman” action hero has disappeared from our cinematic landscape. It used to be that rugged actors such as Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell, and even comedian Eddie Murphy could pass in action thrillers because audiences liked to believe they were looking up at the screen and seeing themselves. Nowadays we look for superheroes as our saviors, but that doesn’t mean no actor brings an everyman quality to a role. John David Washington, for example, tried to infuse the character he plays in the Netflix film Beckett with a relatability that he thinks makes him the opposite of a Die Hard hero like John McClane.
In Beckett, John David Washington gets caught up in some international espionage when -- following a debilitating car accident -- he sees something in the countryside of Greece that he’s not supposed to see. Unsure who to trust, and miles away from the nearest U.S. Embassy, this American tourist must overcome odds to survive. But when discussing his character, and whether or not he watched Die Hard in preparation for Beckett, John David Washington told Collider:
Except, circumstances keep conspiring to keep Beckett in the crosshairs of some crooked cops and politicians who are trying to protect a secret. In another script, this character might have had a dark past that would prepare him for confrontations like this. Not Beckett, and John David Washington seemed to really appreciate that aspect of the role. He went on to say:
It makes for an unpredictable viewing experience. Because, as John David Washington notes, Beckett isn’t supposed to be in this situation in the first place. So you stay with the story to find out how exactly he’s going to get out of it. We had Beckett director Ferdi Cito Filomarino on CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend podcast, which you can hear right here:
And if you want to watch Beckett, it’s on Netflix as we speak.
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