Washington plays Lt. Parker Barnes in the action sci-fi film Virtuosity. A program meant to help train police officers is created from the personalities of over 100 serial killers. Russell Crowe plays the program, which is somehow synthesized and processed into the real world, and it is up to Barnes to try and stop him. On taking part in the film:
It was fascinating. I said I don’t think that anybody has done this yet, and if we can do it right, if we can get the script right and he can get the technology right, then we’ll have something interesting.