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Don Cheadle on his steamy ‘Miles Ahead’ love scene with Emayatzy Corinealdi

Don Cheadle and Emayatzy Corinealdi

“The Real” co-host Loni Love sits down with acclaimed actors Don Cheadle and Emayatzy Corinealdi, who play husband and wife in the film Miles Ahead, based on the life of jazz great Miles Davis. Cheadle, who also wrote, produced and directed the film, and Corinealdi drop secrets about how they made their steamy love scenes look so realistic for a film that took almost a decade to complete.

Here’s the conversation that aired on Tuesday, April 5.

Loni Love: Tell me about the love scenes.

Don Cheadle:  Wow. Okay. Uh… [pretends as if he is leaving]

Loni: [puts her hand on Don’s shoulder as if to help him sit back down] Were the love scenes like awesome?

Emayatzy: The love scenes…

Don:  Tell the truth.

Emayatzy:  I’m gonna tell the truth. Are you ready for the truth?

Don:  I don’t know. But, tell it.

Emayatzy:  The love scenes [laughs] were really…

Don:  Gross. Sad

Emayatzy:  Lovely.

Emayatzy:  They were really lovely for me because Don really made me, really made sure to take care of me, you know. He made me comfortable.

Loni:  Ooh, yeah!

Emayatzy:  I didn’t feel, you know [laughs] .

Loni:  I’m sorry, keep talking, girl.

Emayatzy:  I didn’t feel …

Don: [putting on a voice] You sayin’ it, girl. Keep going. How did he make you feel comfortable? What did he do?  Oh, my God…what?

Emayatzy:  We’re women. This is important stuff.

Loni:  Let us have our moment.

Don:  Yes, I’ll be back here [leans back in his chair].

Emayatzy:  It was very easy, you know. He really made me feel comfortable in those moments. That allowed me to just be in the moment and to go with everything, you know. And it just was just really lovely, really lovely.

In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. A wily music reporter forces his way into Davis’ house and the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions.

MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining and moving exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle’s bravura directorial debut is not a conventional bio-pic but rather a unique, no-holds barred portrait of a singular artist in crisis. It is now playing in New York and Los Angeles. It opens worldwide on April 8. Click HERE for opening dates in a city near you.



  1. guest on April 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    So does Emayatzy Corinealdi play Cicely Tyson or is she one of his other wives? She kind of favors a young Cicely.

  2. sweet on April 10, 2016 at 7:12 am

    Did Cicely Tyson have any input in the making of the film? Meaning, was she interviewed for accuracy? I would have liked to know that.