(LOS ANGELES) -- Seven years ago, few people in Hollywood wanted to be associated with Isaiah Washington after the actor lost his job on Grey's Anatomy for using a homophobic slur when referring to co-star T.R. Knight.
Washington is now taking on the role of John Allen Muhammad, also known as The D.C. Sniper, in Blue Caprice and winning critical praise for his portrayal of the killer. Speaking about the role with ABC News Radio, Washington says, “I know a little bit about being hated, so, I didn't have anything to lose in that regard.”
Washington says he made a mistake by uttering the slur and “apologized for it but for whatever reasons the stigma continued.”
He believes the movie role is the beginning of his “redemption,” but admits he still has “a long way to go.”
Authorities say Muhammad and a partner were responsible for a series of deadly sniper attacks in the Washington D.C. area in 2002. Muhammad was executed in 2009.
Blue Caprice debuted last Friday in limited release.
Washington can next be seen in the CW show The Hundred.
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