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‘Do black movies really not sell?’: Don Cheadle on Miles Ahead

The Oscar-nominated actor-director explains how Hollywood really works – and how his latest film broke all the rules

16 April 2016

9:00 AM

16 April 2016

9:00 AM

The musical biopic is a staple of the Hollywood economy. Like an Airfix model kit it comes with the necessary parts presupplied: sex, drugs and a soundtrack. All the director need do is glue them together. Actors are keen too, as portraying musicians is like prospecting for Oscars: in recent years the lives of Edith Piaf, Ray Charles and Johnny Cash’s wife June Carter have all won statuettes for their stars.

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