Don Cheadle
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"Donald Frank" ""Don"" "Cheadle, Jr." is an American actor. Cheadle had an early role in Picket Fences and followed it with performances in Devil in a Blue Dress (film)/Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Rosewood (film)/Rosewood (1997) and Boogie Nights (1997). He then started a collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh that resulted in the movies Out of Sight (1998 film)/Out of Sight (1998), Traffic (2000 film)/Traffic (2000) and Ocean's Eleven (2001 film)/Ocean's Eleven (2001). Other Cheadle films include The Rat Pack (film)/The Rat Pack (1998), Things Behind the Sun (2001), Swordfish (film)/Swordfish (2001), Crash (2004 film)/Crash (2004), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Ocean's Thirteen (2007), Reign Over Me (2007), Talk to Me (2007 film)/Talk to Me (2007), Traitor (film)/Traitor (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010) and Iron Man 3 (2013).

In 2004, his lead role as Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the genocide drama film Hotel Rwanda, which was set during the Rwandan Genocide earned him a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He stars as Marty Kaan on the Showtime (TV network)/Showtime sitcom House of Lies, for which he most recently won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy/Golden Globe Award in 2013.

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It's great to be in a film that's able to have people really want to become socially conscious, to walk out of the theatre and want to do something.

We knew if we could get Don, he'd attract a cast because he's the kind of actor all the directors want to work with. We asked him to produce the film as well, because we're not dumb. ... He's the reason we have this cast, he and the fabulous casting directors.

I've been doing this since I was 10 years old, inhabiting different people and playing different roles. Thirty years later, there's still the same sort of excitement I get from it. It's still fun to inhabit different characters and play different things, so it's all in that panoply of acting.

But most scripts are terrible. Most projects are bad, that's just kind of the way it is. And I'm not really attracted to those.

Please keep it up, don't drop it. This was the scene ... that really made me want to do the movie.

I don't like movies that are trying to preach and trying to tell you how to feel.

Just from him doing the things that he knew how to do, moment to moment -- it's not some mythic figure. It's just a common, everyday man. And I think that's what people are connecting to.

All of their experiences were the stuff of epic films — things they had to go through in those 100 days. It was amazing.