Ocean's Eleven star Don Cheadle
shocked a class of university students in Los
Angeles on Monday (24Sep07), when he made an unannounced appearance on campus
to discuss the genocide in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.
The actor, who appears in upcoming documentary movie Darfur Now, which he
also produces, debated African politics at the Managing New Global Challenges
class at the University Of Southern California.As he entered the classroom, Cheadle joked, "George Clooney is sick today!" -
suggesting students would have preferred a visit from his more famous Ocean's
Thirteen co-star and friend, who is also a celebrity campaigner for Darfur's
struggles. He later added, "High school and college-age students are the ones right now
making the hugest impact and getting their voices heard."I've seen change happen, but (the Darfur situation) didn't happen overnight, so
it won't change overnight." Cheadle also co-wrote the 2007 book Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in
Darfur and Beyond with John Prendergast.The film Darfur Now is also being supported by actors Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and film
producer Jerry Weintraub.