'Black Monday': Don Cheadle returns with his Marty the con charm to showcase the excess of the 80s
As Rod, the Jammer, Cheadle now is an outsider who is paving his way to get inside Wall Street unlike his previous character, Marty, who was already in the game.
Don Cheadle had proved himself as the ultimate businessman when his ruthless yet amiable character, Marty Kaan, in 'House of Lies', managed to sweep his clients with his manipulated truths and white-collared lies. Cheadle is back to once again throw some light on the legitimately immoral aspects, this time of Wall Street, in Showtime's upcoming show, 'Black Monday'. David Nevins, the president and CEO of Showtime Networks Inc., has announced that the 10-episodes series is set in the "80's Wall Street".
As a "scathing comic commentary on the excess of the ’80s", Nevins has stated that 'Black Monday' will look at the cause which resulted in the October 19, 1987, stock market crash, one of Wall Street's worst disasters. Written by David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, the show will take us back to "the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history. To this day, no one knows who caused it — until now. It’s the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, the old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party, and the glass ceiling."
Cheadle's return to Showtime will be marked by his character, Rod "the Jammer" Jamisnki. Showtime's recently released clip from 'Black Monday' hears the afro-haired Cheadle talk about the reasons behind his love for money and how he loves money when he says, "you know what my first favorite thing is? Money" immediately after declaring that his first favorite thing is "cocaine". He goes on to explain, "Now my third favorite thing is to roll up my first favorite thing into a mountain of my second favorite thing." Cheadle has adapted the rustic basilect English for the role, and a lot like his previous suave character in the Showtime show, 'House of Lies', Marty, this time, too, Cheadle will have to drop aside his virtues to adopt the role of a man who is just plain, bad.
As a management consultant in 'House of Lies', Marty believed that the phrase "outside the box" is actually stupid because everything is after all "inside the box". As the leader of a group of sensitive- well, let's us say "assholes"- Marty's character was oddly amiable. He was strikingly cunning and did not mind pulling in private matters in order to get his clients on his plate. His non-idealistic approach towards things formed the core of his character but in spite of his conmanship, Marty was a devout team-player and he held on to a sincere sense of loyalty when it came to his teammates.
While Marty belonged to that 1% who rule Wall Street, Rod comes from the outside of that 1% and we can be sure that he is not going to play by the rules. Marty, too, never abided by the rules and he would violate every possible rule to get his job done. That was one thing Marty was exceptionally good at, he would never return with a "no" for an answer. As for Rod, he is the "Black Moses" who makes his way up the ladder and is clearly unable to cope with the tight-lipped politics of the upper end of society. Drugs and everything illegal fills up Rod's life, and as the 80s norms would go, his life will probably encounter an unwelcome series of unfortunate events, something which was quite clearly depicted in the 2007 story film based on the life of Jordan Belfort, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, 'The Wolf of Wall Street' (2013).
Along with Cheadle, 'Black Monday' executive produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will see a stellar cast, including Andrew Rannells ('Girls'), Regina Hall ('Girls Trip'), Paul Scheer, Yassir Lester, Michael James Scott, and Eugene Cordero, with recurring guest star Casey Wilson, and guest stars Ken Marino and Kurt Braunohler. In addition to the new teaser, Showtime has confirmed that the ten-part series will begin on January 20th, 2019. Watch the trailer below: