The film, which hits theaters Wednesday, has already generated talk for its star’s transformation from charismatic leading man to a frumpy, but brilliant lawyer on the Autism spectrum.
Washington joked he got plenty of insight into the dark worlds created on-screen by director and writer Dan Gilroy from his boxing buddy Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred in Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler.”
“Jake was training at the same gym,” said Washington, “So I got to learn a little about Dan in advance and to obviously see the great collaboration they had together. [Working with Dan] was easy and seamless and invigorating.”
Washington’s character, Roman J. Israel, is a bit of a 1970s social justice relic, with an afro, plastic aviators, giant lapels, and an old-school briefcase.