Watch Don Cheadle Talk High School Drama & 'Miles Ahead' on Jimmy Fallon

By Ian Holubiak | Mar 23, 2016 10:58 AM EDT
Actor Don Cheadle attends The Samsung Studio at SXSW 2016 on March 15, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo : Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Samsung)

Tuesday on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon saw Don Cheadle in rare form--that is, as a high school drama nerd. The Golden Globe-winning actor stopped by the show to promote his upcoming film as Miles Davis in the biopic Miles Ahead and premiered a special clip from the movie.

No one can escape their high school days and the same is true even for a superstar performer like Don Cheadle. While he may have achieved massive success as a dramatic actor for films like Hotel Rwanda, his high school and drama days are still accessible.

Cheadle even discussed how at one point, his passions came to a crossroads, of which he chose to pursue acting:

"I kind of knew that I didn't have the discipline to do what these guys over here did. I was also in Colorado, with lots of winters, so I think I made a weather choice. I said I'm going to go to L.A. and Cal Arts, and that's where I ended up going."

But mime trees and old decisions aside, Mr. Cheadle didn't sit in to discuss former days but instead wanted to promote Miles Ahead. The biopic takes a look at the 5-year period that Miles Davis abstained from performances. Having put down the trumpet, the film provides a unique insight into the struggles faced by Davis during a pivotal time in his career.

Miles Ahead comes during a season that has been inundated with jazz films. With controversy surrounding Zoe Saldana and her upcoming performance as Nina Simone in the biopic Nina, the lens is focused on Cheadle and how he will portray the jazz giant.

Have no fear, Mr. Cheadle, your performance will be resounding, we're sure.

Check out a clip from the movie below.

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