On the Re­gal red car­pet with Don Chea­dle

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Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ter and Os­car nom­i­nee Don Chea­dle graced the red car­pet in Rose­bank, Jo­han­nes­burg, on Thurs­day night at the of­fi­cial launch of Chivas Re­gal’s new­est fam­ily mem­ber, Ultis.

As the global am­bas­sador of the brand, Chea­dle was the guest of hon­our at the party hosted by me­dia per­son­al­ity Phat Joe, real name Ma­jota Kham­bule. Of course, the prom­ise of meet­ing Chea­dle brought the celebri­ties out.

Ac­com­pa­nied to the party by his wife, Bridgid Coul­ter, the Ho­tel Rwanda star is a man of few words but he got the room laugh­ing when Phat Joe asked him what time he thought was the best time to drink whisky.

“Def­i­nitely af­ter co­caine!” he quipped, be­fore quickly adding: “No! Take that back.”

Too late! The crowd had al­ready burst into laugh­ter – and the ice was bro­ken.

Back in am­bas­sador mode, Chea­dle said the best time (and the right way) to drink whisky is while shar­ing suc­cess with friends. “Chivas Re­gal Ultis is the essence of who we are and let’s toast win­ning the right way.” Some lo­cal celebri­ties who were there shared their ex­pe­ri­ence of the lux­u­ri­ous whisky with City Press. TV pro­ducer and for­mer Se­li­math­unzi pre­sen­ter Mnce­disi “Kaos” Matu said: “I am get­ting into it, I am not a whisky guy but my friends are get­ting me hooked on it,” he said. “Ultis tastes like a man’s drink, I re­ally like it. But when drink­ing at the din­ner ta­ble I pre­fer a dif­fer­ent taste to this, but boys like this kind of drink all the time,” said celebrity chef Nti Ram­aboa. Chea­dle is not only fa­mous for his act­ing and love of whisky, but for his com­mit­ment to mak­ing the world a bet­ter place as well. In 2007, he was awarded the BET award for Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year for his work in Dar­fur and Rwanda. In the same year he and fel­low ac­tor Ge­orge Clooney were pre­sented with the Sum­mit Peace Award by the No­bel Peace Lau­re­ates for their work to stop the geno­cide and re­lieve the suf­fer­ing of Dar­fur’s peo­ple.

POWER COU­PLE Coul­ter Don Chea­dle with his wife, Bridgid

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