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Following in the footsteps of a parent known worldwide as one of Hollywood’s leading men can be quite intimidating and stressful, but for this former athlete turned actor, it was something he always wanted to do.

Former running back John David Washington, 36, spoke with the Wall Street Journal about his acting career thus far and being the son of legendary actor Denzel Washington.

“I always wanted to do what he did, always wanted to be an artist,” John David said. “I jumped in and hid in this football persona, this athlete, literally putting on a helmet to hide my face, hide my identity.”

Before becoming an actor full-time, Washington was a football star at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013, things took a drastic turn for the promising athlete when he suffered a leg injury. After an unsuccessful career in the pros, Washington endeavored on a different path, acting.

It didn’t take long for the athlete-turned-actor to land his first big break in the TV/film industry. Two years later, Washington auditioned and landed the role as Ricky Jerret, an NFL wide receiver, on the HBO series, “Baller.”

Although he shared the news of his audition for the role with his mother, he secretly held it back from his famous father.

“I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it,” the actor told the outlet. “I’ll never forget how he expressed how proud he was of me. That was a great moment for me.”

After starring in five seasons of “Ballers,” Washington was cast as the lead role of detective Ron Stallworth in Director Spike Lee’s 2018 thriller “BlacKkKlansman.” In 2020, the seasoned actor starred in “Tenet,” which grossed more than $363 million worldwide during a pandemic.

During the interview, the 36-year-old Los Angeles native opened up about transitioning into a “dramatic” place for his character in the upcoming film, “Malcolm & Marie,” alongside actress Zendaya, Good Morning America reports.

The film, which premieres on Netflix on Feb.5, follows the pair as an imperfect couple returning home after a movie premiere.

“I went from the biggest-budget film in my career [Tenet] to the lowest-budget film within a six-month time frame,” he said. “I was like; this is survival, but hey, if this is the last thing I get to do, I truly believe in it.”




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“If you asked me a year ago if this A-list actress was going to transition from a woman to a man, I would have said yes, without question. She and her team has made a plan and she had scheduled surgery and was starting to take medicine. They had made plans for cover stories for weekly and monthly magazines and were talking to networks about first interviews. Then boom, the pandemic came. All of that planning came to a halt. The actress started thinking about and if she wanted to go through it and what would happen to her career. Would she get any work? Everyone knows who she is, so even when her movies bomb, and they do, she gets a lot of work. High paying work. Then, when she heard the news of the other actress, she said no. She said she wasn’t going to do it any longer. She is not a big fan of publicity, and realized it would just bring a ton down on her.” Source

 

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Homeowner, 64, files lawsuit against rapper DaBaby after he was assaulted at rental home

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Rapper DaBaby is in legal trouble again. A 64-year-old homeowner filed a lawsuit against the troubled rapper after he was beaten and had a tooth knocked out during a music video shoot at his rental home.

An associate of Dababy is accused of beating up 64-year-old homeowner Gary Pagar after he showed up at his rental property to stop the rapper’s music video shoot on December 2nd.

Pagar agreed to rent his mansion to DaBaby for “a private vacation,” but he accused the rapper of violating the terms of the rental agreement by having more than 40 people at the mansion and using the property to shoot a music video with a full commercial film crew.

Pagar was monitoring his rental home via surveillance cameras when he spotted the rapper filming a music video on his property.

According to BACKGRID, the lawsuit claims that DaBaby and his associates “beat, punched, spat on, threatened, shoved, and robbed Mr Pagar” at his LA home on December 2, 2020.

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Among the guests at the house was YouTube star-turned-boxer Jake Paul. Video of the confrontation shows one of Dababy’s associates identified as DOE 1 throwing Pagar to the ground without warning as he walked up his driveway and punching him.

Jake Paul, who is believed to have been participating in the video, can be seen observing the fracas in a red convertible Ferrari a few feet away.

DaBaby, who was a passenger in the Ferrari, is seen standing outside the car while watching the beatdown.

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DaBaby and his artist, Stunna 4 Vegas, eventually pulled the thug off of Pagar, but only so they could continue to “taunt, threaten and punch Pagar” himself, according to court documents.

DaBaby is accused of stealing Pagar’s cellphone by force, chasing him into the house and threatening him to not call the police and punching him.

Pagar lost a tooth as a result of the attack. When the group was told that police were on their way, they “fled the scene leaving behind a damaged house and stealing valuable kitchenware as they left.”

According to the documents, the rental was agreed at a total fee of $43,706. Pagar is suing for $117,910.48 to include damages to the property, excessive trash, broken foyer sculpture, stolen iPhone and various damages to upholstery and floor.

No charges have been filed.

Below are clips from the music video filmed inside the rental home.
 




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Major Janet Jackson Documentary Planned for 2022

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Janet Jackson fans never get tired of watching documentaries devoted to their idol.

A major documentary is planned to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Jackson’s debut album.

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Jackson is the latest pop superstar to get the documentary treatment – Lifetime and A&E bosses in the U.S. will simulcast a new four-hour film, tentatively titled Janet, across two nights in 2022.

The documentary will chronicle her “musical success as well as her tumultuous private life”, according to a press release obtained by WENN.com.

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The reclusive superstar will discuss her controversial 2004 Super Bowl appearance with Justin Timberlake, when she flashed a breast, and the death of her pop icon brother, Michael Jackson.

Deadline sources claim bosses at British production company Workerbee have been filming Jackson for over three years and have been granted exclusive access to archival footage, which will appear in the film.

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