Friday was a huge day here in Kansas City. No longer will April 15th serve solely as a reminder to get your taxes in for procrastinators everywhere (self-included). Mayor Sly James graced the Red Carpet with his presence at the Cinemark Palace on the Plaza, where he announced April 15th to be “Don Cheadle Day” at the Kansas City Film Festival. Of course, Don Cheadle was in attendance ready to graciously accept this award! Cheadle also accepted the Kansas City FilmFest KC Legend Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Television.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to the red carpet to see the action in person, and get a brief one on one interview with Don Cheadle himself on the Miles Ahead movie.
I’ve always loved Don Cheadle but I must admit that after having the opportunity to spend a few moments talking to him in person… my admiration grew several notches. Cheadle, a Kansas City native, exuberated warmth and class as he made his way across the carpet. The same demeanor he has in person is exactly what comes across in the movie, Miles Ahead, scheduled to hit the big screen on April 22 (stay tuned for a full movie review soon).
Why Should We Go See Miles Ahead?
The first question I asked Don Cheadle was what is the main reason we should go see this movie? In true humble Don Cheadle fashion, he quietly responded:
“Well… I think you’ll have a great time. Have fun and good to see a great movie.. “
At that point, I hadn’t seen the movie yet, but you’ll learn that assumption was spot on in my upcoming Miles Ahead movie review.
What’s Your Advice for Aspiring Youth In Kansas City?
When asked what his advice is for aspiring youth in Kansas City, Don Cheadle jokingly responds:
“As an actor? I would say don’t do that! Do something else. Anything else if you can. And if that answer disuades you, then you probably aren’t really about it. It’s a very difficult industry, it’s challenging. Still to this day, for me, it’s challening. This movie was very hard. It took 10 years to make it so you have to be very commited and be a writer, be creative.”
What About This Miles Ahead Made You Invest 10 Years In It?
“It just wouldn’t go away. I tried to walk away from it several years ago but I felt like if I just walked away I’d be more disappointed than if I just pushed on. It ultimately just became something that I really felt like I needed to do.”
I would have to be the first to say that after seeing this movie for myself, I’m VERY glad that he didn’t walk away from it. This is not your typical autobiography, but instead an intimate ballot that gently sings the praises (and hardships) of the late and great Miles Davis.
Watch the full interview below!