When Marvel came knocking at this actor’s door, he answered.
During a conversation with GQ, Don Cheadle revealed his foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was decided during a birthday party for his son.
The actor had been presented with an opportunity for a six-picture deal that would include an “Iron Man” sequel and “The Avengers.”
“I was at my kid’s laser-tag birthday party,” he said. “They called me and said, ‘This is what’s happening. We’re giving you the offer. If you don’t say yes, we’re going to the next person. This has to be — this is going to happen very fast.’ So they said, ‘Why don’t you go ahead and take an hour and decide if you want to do it,'” Cheadle explained to GQ.
Cheadle then jokingly reveals when Marvel was informed he was at his son’s birthday party, they gave him an extra hour to decide his fate in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What’s more, with just a two-hour deliberation period, Cheadle was trying to figure out more information that would provide clarity as to what he was signing up for.
“So, we played laser tag for two hours and I was talking to my wife and we just kind of thought about it and talked to my agent and tried to get as much information as we could, and we just took a flyer and said, ‘Okay, we’ll do it,'” Cheadle told GQ.
Cheadle stars in the Marvel Universe as James “Rhodey” Rhodes, also known as War Machine.
The character made its mark first in 2010 with the release of “Iron Man 2” and later appeared in more projects such as “Iron Man 3,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.”