August 27, 2008 |
"Traitor" asks a question that can be answered only by that cruel mistress, the marketplace: How much moral ambiguity and narrative intricacy will an audience handle in the realm of a terrorism-themed contemporary thriller? Enough, I hope, to respond to "Traitor." It tells a good, snakelike story, slithering in some unpredictable directions. All along the way, Don Cheadle, who plays the mysterious operative creating and running an espionage maze of his own design, reaffirms his excellence.
September 30, 1995 |
Judging by the promotional poster for "Devil in a Blue Dress," director Carl Franklin's adaptation of Walter Mosley's novel of 1990, it's hard to imagine anyone upstaging Denzel Washington, who stars in the film. As reluctant gumshoe Easy Rawlins, he looks ridiculously handsome in his short fedora. Nonetheless, when actor Don Cheadle is on screen, Washington gets a run for the money.
August 11, 2006 |
"Now, D.C. is Chocolate City, y'all know that, right?" booms the man in the navy blue leisure pants, long, belted vest and peach-toned long-sleeve shirt with the collar open wide. He's standing on the steps in front of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in sweltering midday heat, holding court before a crowd sporting a similar look: lots of polyester and plenty of towering Afros. "They want to keep us down because white folks are afraid of what's going to happen if we stand up!"
November 14, 2004 |
DON CHEADLE can barely stand to watch himself in movies. "All I can see is everything I'm doing wrong that is a sham and a fraud," he says, animatedly. "I look at it like, 'Ugh, Don, you missed that. You weren't there in that moment. You liar!'
May 24, 1998 |
Starvation, sleeplessness, a mouthful of cotton balls and a bellyful of gin: Method actors have employed all of these well-worn tricks to goad themselves into character. Nevertheless, as a gang kingpin with a lousy conscience and a chronically upset stomach in Warren Beatty's political satire "Bulworth," Don Cheadle may lay claim as the only performer ever to ingest mass quantities of antacids. "The first few days, I was shooting real Rolaids," Cheadle admits.
July 8, 2007 |
TARAJI P. HENSON nearly steals the new film "Talk to Me," which opens Friday, with her no-holds-barred turn as Vernell, the former stripper girlfriend of Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. (Don Cheadle), an ex-con who was a popular, albeit controversial DJ, TV personality and activist in Washington, D.C., in the late 1960s and 1970s. The 36-year-old actress recalls the moment she became one with the sassy Vernell. "We got to Toronto, where we filmed the movie," Henson relates. "We had a camera test.