No less than a week after we took part in the press junket for The Equalizer 2, and we’re back for another film that is headed up by a member of the Washington family, with Denzel’s son John David taking on the lead role in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman.

We discussed with the actor his thoughts on hearing David Duke’s reaction to the film, and what it was like to work alongside master of cinema, Spike Lee. He also tells us whether he felt any pressure playing a real life character in Ron Stallworth, and what it meant to see real props from the man himself, such as his KKK membership card, and the unsettling shooting targets we see used in the film.

He goes on to discuss the voice he had to put on when shooting the phone-call scenes, which he describes as learning the ‘language of hate’. He tells us what it was like to perform those scenes, and whether there is a stigma in America within the black community in becoming a real life cop. Finally he tells us whether it’s still surreal that he’s the lead role in such a big movie.

Watch the full interview below:


From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organisation aims to sanitise its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get Out.
BlacKkKLansman is out in cinemas now.