“I adore him. He's like a brand-new bar of Irish Spring soap. He's one of the few people in the business that I consider a real friend.”
In any case, too much worth can have its downside. Cheadle's stint in the ensemble cast of Ocean's Eleven and Twelve has led to a friendship with his co-stars. He has vacationed at George Clooney's Italian villa, hung out with Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, and has come to view that level of stardom with a deep mistrust. "All of those guys have been over to my house in the last few months," he says. "And the last time Brad came over it was in People magazine the next day, along with the address of where I lived. And I had to say, 'Brad, you can't come to my house any more, that's it.' Another time, Matt was driving over and he rang me from the freeway saying, 'I've got a tail.' The press were tailing him on the freeway, directing him to my house, waving him down the right street.