Missouri cornerback Logan Cheadle rates best roles of his cousin, Don Cheadle

05/20/2014 3:55 PM

Missouri cornerback Logan Cheadle enrolled a semester early after graduating from Lee’s Summit West in December.

Cheadle, who received his diploma at the Titans’ commencement ceremony last Wednesday, talked extensively about his immersion into spring football Tuesday at the weekly Tiger Club of Kansas City meeting at the Westport Flea Market.

We also cornered Cheadle, who is a cousin to Academy Award winning producer and movie star Don Cheadle, to discuss more important things: For instance, what are his favorite Don Cheadle acting roles?

Logan Cheadle’s favorite Don Cheadle acting roles

1. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

IMDb rating (on a scale of 10): 8.2

Rotten Tomatoes rating (critics/audience): 90/94

Plot: Gripping biography of Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a hotel manager who sheltered thousands of Tutsi refugees from Hutu militia during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Logan’s thoughts: Don played such a major role and, when I watched the movie, I didn’t look at him as my cousin. That’s pretty impressive, when a performance is so transformative that I don’t even see him as my cousin anymore.

2. Crash (2004)

IMDb rating (on a scale of 10): 7.9

Rotten Tomatoes rating (critics/audience): 75/89

Plot: Various lives of Los Angeles citizens intersect in a story that also weaves together themes of love, loss, race and redemption. Cheadle starred as Det. Graham Waters.

Logan’s thoughts: That movie spoke so much about racism and things that are so important. It was very powerful.

3. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

IMDb rating (on a scale of 10): 7.8

Rotten Tomatoes rating (critics/audience): 82/79

Plot: Director Steven Soderbergh’s slick heist caper boasts an all-star cast with Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and a crew of 11 accomplices, including munitions expert Basher Tarr (Don Cheadle), knocking off a Las Vegas casino.

Logan’s thoughts: Just for fun alone, it’s on the list. It was strange because he had a British accent in the movie, but I thought he pulled it off.

4. Iron Man 3 (2013)

IMDb rating (on a scale of 10): 7.4

Rotten Tomatoes rating (critics/audience): 78/79

Plot: Overcome by his own excesses, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) faces a showdown with the Mandarin and he returns from the brink to redemption with help from Col. James Rhodes (Don Cheadle).

Logan’s thoughts: I didn’t really like the second Iron Man movie, but I live Iron Man in general. The third one was much better. Plus, he got to put on the Iron Patriot suit.

5. House of Lies (2012-)

IMDb rating (on a scale of 10): 7.4

Rotten Tomatoes rating (audience): 96

Plot: Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle) is long on charisma and short on ethics in this dark comedy about a management consultant firm. Cheadle has drawn raves for his performance in this ongoing Showtime project.

Logan’s thoughts: It’s really different than anything else he’s done before. It’s more of a modern TV series, but I really enjoy it.

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