Sundance Daily Warm-Up: Don Cheadle Says Oscars "Could Be the Career-Defining Moment" for Chris Rock

"There is just so much fodder there that he could just skewer society," said the actor after discussing 'Miles Ahead' with THR executive editor Matthew Belloni.

When it comes to the Oscars, Don Cheadle is rooting for Chris Rock. 

At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Cheadle told THR executive editor Matthew Belloni that he's excited to see the comedian host the ceremony, despite multiple pleas for Rock to step down due to this year's lack of nonwhite acting nominees.

"This could be the career-defining moment — not that he hasn't already had that. But on a world stage with the import of this, the ridiculous of this, the seriousness of this, there is just so much fodder there that he could just skewer society," said Cheadle inside the THR lounge. "And that's what I want him to do. I want him to take everybody to task over this."

If asked to present at the Oscars, Cheadle — who previously joked on Twitter that the awards show assigned him to park cars — said, "I would — in a valet uniform! As long as Chris is there."

And how would Cheadle's House of Lies character, Marty Kaan, handle the controversy? "If there was a way to monetize it, I think that's all Marty would be concerned about!"

The actor is attending Sundance on behalf of his directorial debut Miles Ahead, starring Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Keith Stanfield. The creative process began when Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Davis' nephew announced (to Cheadle's surprise) that the actor would portray the jazz icon. Said Cheadle with a smile, "This was almost 10 years ago now, when that happened."

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