Don Cheadle's latest movie "Talk To Me" was released in select cities last week - had to give that Harry Potter kid the lane. The nationwide release is this Friday. Don Cheadle takes on the life of Ralph "Petey" Greene, a guy who scammed his way out of prison and went on to become a popular Washington DC TV and radio personality.
I kinda put a tag on him with that scammed thing, but it's what he did. Petey Greene dropped out of high school in the 11th grade, enlisted in the Army, and found himself on a plane headed to the battlefield of the Korean War. He was discharged in 1953 for drug abuse. In 1960 he was arrested for robbing a grocery store, which earned him a ten year bid. In prison he found his 'calling' when his gift of gab got him a spot as the DJ for the prison's radio station. Not a DJ in the sense of mixtapes and spinning records, more so as a personality, mixing talk in with the music.
Petey Greene's thing was to keep it real at all times. Nothing but the way things are and should be.
Five years into his sentence he talked another inmate into standing on top of a water tower. The guy screamed that he would commit suicide, prison officials didn't know what to do. Petey Green came out and talked him down, that heroic act, and not shanking, raping or causing havoc within the prison walls, got him a big "Get Out of Jail Early" card from the parole board. more..