Don Cheadle signed on for Marvel at laser tag party
Business in Hollywood is done in all sorts of places, but one particularly odd one was Don Cheadle, who signed on to Marvel while he was at his kid's laser tag party... and he only had two hours to do it.
In a new interview with GQDon Cheadle recalled the fateful day he was asked to play James Rhodes/War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, taking over as Terence Howard. "I was at my kid's laser tag birthday party... They called me and said, 'That's what happens and we'll make you the offer. If you don't say yes, we'll move on to the next person. That will happen very quickly. Why don't you take an hour and decide if you want to do it?' It was a six-movie deal! I have to make a decision in an hour?”
Such a decision seems easy in hindsight - after all, what better birthday present than telling your kid that your new best friend is Iron Man? But neither Don Cheadle nor Marvel were sure about the character's arc, so the actor asked for more time — another hour, to be precise. After that, the studio would move on to the next candidate. "So we played laser tag for two hours and I talked to my wife and we thought about it and talked to my agent and tried to get as much information as possible." Laser tag and superheroes in one day? These Hollywood people sure have it good!
Since then, Don Cheadle has portrayed the character seven times in Marvel films, with additional appearances on television and in video games. While a War Machine spinoff was once on the table but ultimately shelved. However, Don Cheadle will play the character again in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret invasion and headline arms warsfilming is expected to begin later this year.
Don Cheadle is currently starring in Noah Baumbach's White noisenow available on Netflix.
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