Marvel Actor Don Cheadle Describes How He Decided to Accept War Machine Role in 2 Hours

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Don Cheadle has performed Captain James “Rhodey” Rhodes in six Marvel films, seven should you rely his Captain Marvel cameo. At this level, he’s such a key member of The Avengers as War Machine, it’s arduous to think about the Marvel Cinematic Universe with out him. When he took over the position in 2010’s Iron Man 2, it wasn’t a simple choice.

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Don Cheadle | Zade Rosenthal/Marvel

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Cheadle was a visitor on NPR’s Wait… Wait… Don’t Tell Me podcast on June 27. When the hosts requested him about his involvement within the Marvel films, Cheadle revealed simply how troublesome the choice was.

When Marvel requested Don Cheadle to play War Machine 

Cheadle was not within the MCU from the start. Terrence Howard performed Rhodey in Iron Man. The movie even teased his look as War Machine when he appears to be like on the early, silver Iron Man go well with and says, “Next time.”

Howard has spoken out in regards to the contract disputes that led Marvel to exchange him. Cheadle accepted the position in Iron Man 2 and has performed him ever since, and the sequel did see Rhodey strive on the War Machine go well with. 

Don Cheadle solely had two hours to determine to just accept the position

Marvel shrouds all of their tasks in secrecy. Apparently, they want solutions instantly too. Cheadle recollects when he received the decision from Marvel. He was slightly busy, however they initially solely gave him one out to determine.

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L-R: Don Cheadle, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson | Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel

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“I was at my daughter’s laser tag birthday party and they called me,” Cheadle instructed the hosts. “They said, ‘We need to know in an hour.’ I said, ‘Oh, I’m at my daughter’s laser tag birthday party.’ They said, ‘Oh oh, take two hours.’”

Where Don Cheadle was earlier than Marvel

By the time Iron Man 2 went into manufacturing, Cheadle was already a well-established actor. He was Oscar-nominated for his position within the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, and acclaimed for his work in Crash, Boogie Nights, Traffic and Out of Sight.

Cheadle had additionally appeared in blockbusters. He was a member of Ocean’s Eleven and returned for its two sequels. He additionally had a cameo in Rush Hour 2 and had appeared within the youngsters’s film Hotel for Dogs.

Marvel wasn’t a certain factor but

In 2020 it looks like solely a idiot would flip down a task in a Marvel film. The franchise is 22 films robust, with a number of extra ready to come back out when theaters reopen after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

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L-R: Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner | Film Frame/Marvel

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Before 2010, Cheadle did want time to consider it. There had solely been one Iron Man. Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger had been within the works. Marvel was asking him to decide to not solely the Iron Man movies however to future Avengers movies too.

“This was at the beginning,” Cheadle mentioned. “Iron Man 2 was actually, actually early within the pantheon of Avengers films and the entire Marvel MCU. It was six films which is 12 years. So yeah, I took the entire two hours.”

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