The actress honors her tofu-loving, golf playing, Wendy's eating friend

By Monique Jessen Alondra Hernandez
June 30, 2008 01:00 PM

Don Cheadle was honored at the Los Angeles Film Festival Sunday night by actress Halle Berry, who gave a personal – and informative – speech about her fellow actor.

After congratulating Cheadle, 43, whom she affectionately calls “Che Che,” on receiving the Spirit of Independence Award, Berry coyly told the audience which included Jennifer Beals, Julia Nixon, Illeanna Douglas, and Loretta Devine: “I’m here to tell you tonight what you don t know about Don Cheadle.”

In Halle Berry’s own words, here are some fun facts about the Hotel Rwanda actor:

What he loves
“He loves to iron. He loves to iron so much he went and got one of those steamers, like a professional steamer. Really.”

His favorite pastime
“Golf. Don has a putting green in his backyard that he built so he can just putt, putt, putt, putt, putt and much to [wife] Bridget’s dismay, he’s always out there putting.”

His morning routine
“He makes breakfast for his children and then he drives them to school while Bridget stays home in bed. Yes Bridget! You’re going to have to explain to me how you trained him to do that!”

His favorite food
“I thought it was something sexy, something really robust. No, it’s tofu. Don Cheadle says no to fast food unless it’s a Wendy’s square burger with a frosty on the side.”

His exercise regime
“Ladies might want to know how Don Che Che keeps his sexy figure – ’cause he’s hot, he’s kinda got a sexy thing going on. He does Tai Chi every morning, or every other morning.”

His sense of humor
“Don is a funny, funny man in life and in movies he’s really funny. You know what makes him laugh? Any Pixar film. I don’t know what that says about him other than he has not been able to give up cartoons.”

His shoe size
“The ladies might understand why I was curious about this one. I said, ‘Bridget, what size shoe does Don wear?’ And she said, ‘He wears a 9.’ And I said, ‘Oh, for a little guy that’s a big deal that he wears a 9.'”

Berry ended her tribute on a more serious note, telling the Oscar-nominated actor, activist, producer and author: “Don, I want you to know that I admire you, I respect you. Your heart is one of the biggest of anybody, not only in this town, but anybody that I know and I’m honored to call you my friend.”