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Don Cheadle Talks Miles Davis Project: "It’s Not Deep. It’s Not Serious Fare"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 23, 2011 at 5:21AM

"It’s still grinding. We’re talking about coming onto these films and trying to get the financing for stuff that’s not your standard, down the middle of the road studio movie fare. It’s tough. People think it’s niche, although our treatment of the script, it’s not a biopic. It’s not deep. It’s not serious fare. It’s not a cradle to grave sort of overview of his entire life. The movie takes place over a day and a half of his life — a very intense day and a half of his life but a lot of people haven’t even engaged because of what they perceive it’s going to be. They go “Oh, we don’t want to do a movie like that.” I say “Have you read it?” “No, I haven’t read it.” “Well read it and then say you don’t want to do a movie like that.” So it’s having to push through a lot of these things and confront people. Once they read it, they’re like “Oh, this is great.” So everyone’s really dying to be the second person to say yes and to invest in this film."
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"It’s still grinding. We’re talking about coming onto these films and trying to get the financing for stuff that’s not your standard, down the middle of the road studio movie fare. It’s tough. People think it’s niche, although our treatment of the script, it’s not a biopic. It’s not deep. It’s not serious fare. It’s not a cradle to grave sort of overview of his entire life. The movie takes place over a day and a half of his life — a very intense day and a half of his life but a lot of people haven’t even engaged because of what they perceive it’s going to be. They go “Oh, we don’t want to do a movie like that.” I say “Have you read it?” “No, I haven’t read it.” “Well read it and then say you don’t want to do a movie like that.” So it’s having to push through a lot of these things and confront people. Once they read it, they’re like “Oh, this is great.” So everyone’s really dying to be the second person to say yes and to invest in this film."

Words from Don Cheadle in an interview with Sheila Robertsat Collider, posted yesterday. Interesting, what he says about the project not being "deep", nor "serious." I'd have asked him to elaborate, because he then goes on to say that it covers a "very intense day and a half" of Davis' life. Sounds like it could be "deep" and "serious" to me. But now we know a little more about the film that I don't believe we did before - specifically about it taking place over just 1 1/2 days. Now I'm even more curious. I really do hope he's able to get the money he needs to make the film.

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