As Don Cheadle was gearing up to appear in Kendrick Lamar’s totally lit clip for “DNA.,” the rapper hit him up to let him know, “The video, it’s gonna be here, and I’ve got a little surprise for you.” In an interview with Pitchfork, Cheadle revealed what that surprise was all about.
If you have already watched the video, and if you are a fan of the filmography of Brett Ratner, then you probably already know what the surprise is. But Mr. Hotel Rwanda was a little slow on the uptake.
So Kendrick is essentially playing Kung Fu Kenny, Cheadle’s character from Rush Hour, but during the whole shoot, AND after the actor saw the rapper’s performance at Coachella, he still had not figured out the connection, despite the outfits matching down to every fiber.
Check out the video and the source material for yourself:
Elsewhere in the interview, Cheadle reveals the origin of a certain improv he came up with for the video on the spot.