WHY DON CHEADLE HAD TO HIRE A WHITE CO-STAR TO FUND HIS MILES DAVIS MOVIE

Since the announcement of the 2016 Academy Award nominations, which revealed an absence of racial diversity (with the exception of The Weekend/50 Shades-Earned It, and Asaf Kapadia/What Happened Miss Simone), Hollywood has been all a chatter about the lack of diversity, and it's subsequent need for more inclusion -specifically content that could be awards caliber. ICON MANN even did a panel on it, to which we will feature shortly. So it stands to reason that when an undeniable combination of A-List Actor, and iconic jazz legend subject matter comes together that it would be a no brainer. In the case of Don Cheadle's upcoming feature MILES AHEAD the stars financing stars did not align and he spoke on it -revealing that the side, the hoops, and hurdles of Hollywood. Curious minds wonder if Ethan Hawke's upcoming Chet Baker biopic BORN TO BE BLUE had the same concerns.  Zak Cheney-Rice's article for Mic.com provides some valueable insights. Enjoy.

 

It's hard to get movies financed in Hollywood, but Don Cheadle convinced investors to pay for his new film using a simple trick.

He hired a white guy.

"Having a white actor in this film turned out to be a financial imperative," Cheadle told reportersThursday at the Berlin Film Festival, where he was screening his upcoming Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead.

"There are different metrics by which those who are going to spend money on films determine if it's a good risk or not. ... [And this] was a component of getting to a certain number that would allow us a certain budget to get the film made.

"It's one of the realities of the business we're in," he said, according to Deadline.

Throughout its production, Cheadle struggled to get Miles Ahead financed. The 51-year-old actor and producer has been working on the film for 10 years: co-writing, producing, directing and starring in the project, which will be released in theaters on April 1. 

Despite his remarkable Hollywood pedigree — which includes two Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award nomination for best actor and an Academy Award for co-producing Crash, which won best picture in 2006 — Cheadle ended up having to raise $370,000 through an Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign to make up for a gap in funding in 2014, Deadline reported.

Cheadle said other funding he received for the film relied on the hiring of a white co-star — which ended up being Ewan McGregor, the Scottish-born actor who plays Dave Brill, a fictionalRolling Stone journalist, in the movie. 

Continue reading this story at MIC.COM where it was originally published.