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Don Cheadle stays true to Twin Cities stage roots

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Sure, it's been several years since Don Cheadle appeared in a Mixed Blood Theatre production in Minneapolis, but he's hardly forgotten his time at the famed regional stage.

In an interview with Cheadle Monday for "Iron Man 3," the Oscar-nominated actor says he'll soon be getting together with Jack Reuler, his old friend and creative director/founder of the Mixed Blood.

"I may see Jack out here in a couple days," Cheadle told me by phone from Los Angeles. "He's going to come out here and maybe see the premiere of the movie."

Cheadle, who still sits on the Mixed Blood Theater's Advisory Board, starred in "The Grapes of Wrath" in 1991 and "Liquid Skin" in 1988.

The actor, 48, also starred in the "Leon & Lena (and lenz)" during the Guthrie Theater's 1987-1988 season.

In "Iron Man 3," Cheadle reprises his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man's (Robert Downey Jr.) closest confidant, Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes.

This time around, Rhodey gets a new suit of armor, going from his War Machine outfit to the red, white and blue-tinted Iron Patriot. Despite the change into his cool, new armor, Cheadle said it wasn't any easier suiting up.

"I had the experience of doing this once before, so I knew it wasn't going to be cool to begin with," Cheadle said, laughing. "But look. It's what we have to do and I'm not going to complain. It's a lot easier than doing thing a lot of other people have to do to make a living."

"Iron Man 3" opens in theaters May 3. Look for my complete interviews with Cheadle and Sir Ben Kingsley, who plays the villain The Mandarin, next week.

See the trailer for "Iron Man 3" below.

Bring Me The News film critic Tim Lammers is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and annually votes on the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Locally, he reviews films on “KARE 11 News at 11” and WCCO Radio. As a feature writer, Tim has interviewed well over 1,000 major actors and filmmakers throughout his career and his work is syndicated nationwide.

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