Actor Isaiah Washington starring in‘Blue Caprice’ alongside Tequan Richmond.
Veteran actor Isaiah Washington stars in director Alexandre Moors ‘Blue Caprice’ depicting assassin John Allen Muhammad of the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks D.C. area, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ Tequan Richmond stars alongside Washington as accomplice Lee Malvo. The film follows their twisted father –son relationship as they embark on a killing spree in the nation’s Capital.
Washington may have been apprehensive taking on the film initially, but that was short lived. It was Moors who convinced him that he was not making a film about the John Muhammad story, but a film about a paternal relationship gone wrong.
As the leading actor of the film, he explains what brought him to the project, “with the backdrop inspired by a true story about the DC snipers, you track these human beings, getting a genesis of what led these individuals to the tragic events that unfolded.”
Unlike other crime and murderous films, the director tells the story from the killer’s perspective. On how he prepared for the role of John Muhammad Washington said, “I allowed Alexander Moors to sculpt me into John Allen. I came to the film purely as an artist who was emancipated as an artist, human being and lastly as an actor, however, I was excited to come back as an executive producer.”
While portraying a cold blooded killer, Washington was able to humanize the character, stating “that was the goal; how can you humanize a character based on what the world knows as a monster and an animal.”
“Who’s going to connect with a killer, yet time and time again people who have done unfathomable things have girlfriends, fathers, mothers, and uncles, that can’t believe they would do something like this which is what ‘Blue Caprice’ is about.” A far cry from playing the cool and cute younger brother of Chris on ‘EHC,’ Richmond was able to bring depth to his role. “When you see Tequan, the most dialogue he has is a voice over reading from a sniper’s point of view,” said Washington.
“But his acting is the most riveting to me because he doesn’t have that much to say. He is phenomenal and I had a court side seat to see a star being born.”
On making the film for the public he said, “we made it for the people, now it’s for the people to decide if they want to see more from Isaiah Washington as a producer and actor.” He is an independent actor who feels the idea of a comeback is amusing, “I am kind of tongue-in-cheek with it and I know how the business works.”
Washington had misfortune on the hit show ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ due to an anti-gay slur, he knows Hollywood can be a fickle industry where if you make the wrong career move, you’re out the game. However, he is not worried and feels