What? It’s a legitimate question. It’s a classic image of Miles Davis. Everywhere you look there’s the unforgettable shot of Miles, leg slung over the folding chair, cigarette in hand – contemplating Lord knows what…
If anyone knows the origins of the photo please chime in as I’d like to know. It must be from some recording session. Kind of Blue?
Regardless, it’s a classic shot of the master. Which makes me wonder how Cheadle is preparing to become the ‘character’ that is Miles Davis.
I’m always fascinated with actors who portray real people, which I imagine is a bit tougher than a fictional character where they are free to add as much depth and style (or lack thereof) to the role as they please.
Some of the finest film roles have been of actors playing a real person – famous, infamous, celebrated, notorious, etc… etc…
I think of George C. Scott in “Patton,” Jamie Foxx in “Ray,” Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig in “Pride of the Yankees” and Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta in “Raging Bull.”
The list goes on and on.
And so it pleases me that Miles Davis will finally get the big screen treatment, and that Don Cheadle will be the actor forever associated with what is no doubt a career-defining role.