Reality shadows ‘Rwanda’

Cheadle chats about powerful new flick

HOLLYWOOD — Thesp Don Cheadle lightened the mood after the Variety Screening Series’ unspooling of UA’s “Hotel Rwanda.”

Terry George‘s powerful pic, based on real events in the Rwandan genocide, left not a dry eye in the house.

“I wanted to be involved right away,” Cheadle said. “Terry and I met at Sushi Roku. He said if Puffy doesn’t do it, I could do it. Which I think was some Hamptons thing.”

“Puffy was busy at the time, he had a clothes line to release, so I had to come back to Don,” George quipped.

Q&A also featured Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life figure on whose life the pic is based. He praised the pic’s realism, but warned the aud that conditions were even worse in Rwanda.

“It was very rough. Horrible,” Rusesabagina said. “What you see on the screen is lighter, it is something watchable. Because what happened is not something you can show on the screen.”

The Dec. 6 ArcLight sesh was moderated by Pete Hammond.

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