[Marxism] Fwd: A white buddy for Miles Davis: Don Cheadle’s struggle to get “Miles Ahead” financed is absurd — and not surprising - Salon.com

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Feb 20 07:15:11 MST 2016

(I had a feeling that this film would be a dud since the trailer seemed 
to play up Miles Davis as violent, almost like a gangsta rapper but this 
is even worse.)

That was six decades ago, during the height of the Cold War. Earlier 
this week, Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle described his decade-long 
struggle to make a biopic about jazz legend Miles Davis. He raised about 
$360,000 via crowdfunding, but only cleared the final financing hurdle 
when he wrote in a fictional Rolling Stone reporter and cast Ewan 
(“young Obi-Wan”) McGregor in the role. Interviewed at the Berlin Film 
Fest, where “Miles Ahead” was screening out of competition, Cheadle said 
that casting a white actor in a leading role was “one of the realities 
of the business that we are in,” adding that “there is a lot of 
apocryphal, not proven evidence that black films don’t sell overseas.”


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