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It looks like Kerry Washington gave her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, the acting bug.

The former NFL player, who usually makes headlines because of his famous wife or his athletic expertise, is now making a splash in the entertainment industry all thanks to his role in the independent film, Crown Heights. 

The movie, which made it’s debut this week at the Sundance Film Festival, tells the true story of Trinidad native, Colin Warner, who was sentenced to 20 years behind bars after being wrongfully convicted of a 1980 Brooklyn murder.

Asomugha stars in the flick as Carl King, the best friend of Warner (Atlanta‘s Lakeith Stanfield), who dedicated his entire life to make sure the world knew his friend was innocent.

The former Raiders player aged 20 years for the film, something that was difficult to accomplish given the film’s low budget. “Those were everything,” Asomugha told E! News.. “Everybody keeps talking about the glasses, and it was important. And I think that’s the way. It’s such a small film, low-budget film, and you have to age 20 years and you don’t always have the resources to do that, so the glasses for my character were important in showing the age and the time difference.”


Kerry has been by her husband’s side during the promotion of the film but apparently opted out of doing any interviews. She did, however, hit the red carpet for the premiere. The Scandal star arrived bundled up in a black jacket with her hair pulled back into a ponytail.

Critics, by the way, are raving about the athlete turned movie star.

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