Washington plays pilot Whip Whitaker, a commercial airline pilot with an addiction to drugs and alcohol. After a malfunction on flight 227 results in a crash landing, Whitaker is faced with criminal charges for being intoxicated while on duty. Also starring Nadine Velazquez and John Goodman. On preparing for his role:
I ate a lot. I ate what I wanted and I ate late at night. I would come home from work. I didn’t overeat. But if I wanted a hamburger and fries and shake and a piece of apple pie with ice cream on it, I had it.