Why Marvel’s Don Cheadle Still Loves Acting As Much As When He Was a Kid

by Jeremy Spirogis
Black Monday: Don Cheadle

These days, Marvel followers could also be Don Cheadle’s largest viewers. He performs Rhodey within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He has been performing on display because the mid ‘80s and even earlier on stage. In 2020, Cheadle nonetheless loves performing as a lot as he did within the previous days.

Black Monday: Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle in Black Monday | Nicole Wilder/SHOWTIME

Season 2 of Cheadle’s sequence Black Monday is presently airing on Showtime. Cheadle spoke with reporters of the Television Critics Association again in January about Black Monday and shared his ardour for performing. Black Monday airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. on Showtime.

Don Cheadle doesn’t should search for work anymore

Even earlier than Marvel, Cheadle had reached a degree in his profession the place he was in excessive demand. On prime of that, he started producing movies and tv reveals with 2004’s Crash, so he might at all times generate extra automobiles for himself and others.

“That it’s very tricky for actors,” Cheadle stated. “Not just actors, everybody in this business feeling like we have to hustle all the time. It’s hard to sort of turn that engine off when you’re used to being on that hamster wheel. At some point you look up and go, ‘Oh wait, I don’t have to do that as much and I can really sit back.’”

Don Cheadle in Black MondayDon Cheadle in Black Monday
Don Cheadle in Black Monday | Nicole Wilder/SHOWTIME

In the ‘90s, Cheadle sought out motion pictures like Devil in a Blue Dress, Rosewood and Boogie Nights. Now he can make these tasks occur too.

“I’ve always been very picky and very choosy and I think it shows,” Cheadle stated. “Even more so now to have the ability to not just pick what I want to do but to actually generate work and to create work and put people on projects and bring people together and produce is also a great opportunity for me to have right now and I feel very fortunate to still be in the space.”

Don Cheadle remains to be motivated to work laborious

Achieving success hasn’t made Cheadle sit on his laurels. He works laborious on all the things from Marvel motion pictures to Black Monday.

“I’m working with people that I love, cast and crew, creators, everybody and a character I like to keep digging into,” Cheadle stated. “It’s not work like a grind. I mean, it’s a grind. It’s 14 hours a day. The show should be shot in seven days and it’s shot in five days. It’s bananas so you work very, very hard but again, you’re working hard on stuff that I was doing for free when I was 15 years old on stage.”

10-year-old Don Cheadle is joyful now

Cheadle mirrored on his earliest days of performing. That child can be thrilled to see the place he’s now.

Marvel's Don Cheadle in Black MondayMarvel's Don Cheadle in Black Monday
Don Cheadle | Nicole Wilder/SHOWTIME

“I’ve been an actor since I was 10 years old,” Cheadle stated. “It’s what I’ve always loved to do. It gives me energy, but yes, you have to, as we become adults and have kids that have moved on, graduated from college, out of the house, a wife who’s incredibly busy, you have to really figure out ways to balance all of that because all of the work is for something. We do all this stuff and we get paid very well. You also have to enjoy it and recharge your batteries so you have something to bring back to it.”

Acting remains to be filled with surprises

Rhodey is pretty constant within the Marvel motion pictures, and he hopes to proceed taking part in Black Monday’s Mo Monroe for a lot of seasons. Cheadle in the beginning serves the work, however he’s at all times in search of these surprises too.

“Of course, there’s something I get selfishly out of being in a scene and taking something that was just words on a page and standing it up and working with other actors and bringing it to life. Absolutely that’s why we do it so that people watching it will be moved and be engrossed and be entertained and all of that. When it’s working on the best level, it’s able to do all of that stuff. The bedrock is entertaining. We’re here to entertain but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn sh*t along the way and be educated or enlightened about stuff.”

Don Cheadle, Television Critics Association panel, 1/13/2020

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