Spike Lee’s latest joint BlacKkKlansman opens in theaters this weekend. And for the movie’s lead, John David Washington, it was a “trippy feeling” to see his film in theaters at the same time as one of his famous father’s movies.
In BlacKkKlansman, John stars as Ron Stallworth, the first black police officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan and thwarts a deadly attack on the city’s black community. He also got to work with Lee, who handpicked him specifically for the role. Lee worked with John’s father, Denzel Washington, over two decades ago on Malcolm X.
But it was a full circle moment for John when he realized that BlacKkKlansman would be in theaters at the same time as his father’s most recent flick Equalizer 2.
“It was a trippy feeling to see that,” John told MadameNoire in an interview. He had seen the movie posters of both their films side-by-side when out and about.
He added: “Proud moment though for me. I was into it.”
John’s parents celebrated 35 years of marriage recently, a milestone that his father attributes to one thing.
“I do what I’m told. I keep my mouth shut,” Denzel jokingly told PEOPLE.
BlacKkKlansman opens in theaters this weekend.