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Reuben Charles, the actor

By Nikita R Stewart

The more we get to know Reuben O. Charles II, the more we learn about him. Turns out that the St. Louis entrepreneur-turned-controversial chief of operations for Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray's transition once played a drug tycoon in an independent, little-known film directed by Lloyd A. Silverman.

Silverman gained acclaim as executive producer of 1999's "Snow Falling on Cedars," which was praised and nominated for an Oscar for its cinematography.

A few years later, Silverman was shooting a film in St. Louis, where Charles, a member of an art museum board at the time, was friendly with Silverman and his wife. Charles said he agreed to let Silverman shoot scenes in his office and he soon found himself in the film.

Charles said he'd had little acting experience, save for a role playing Paul Robeson when he was attending Barber Scotia College in North Carolina.

A Variety review in 2003 called the film "an artistic exercise" and said Charles's character, Lowell Heschel, had been "filmed like Lucifer himself."

Check out this YouTube clip. Heschel opens up the scene with: "My father told me a long time ago, the best way to gauge a man's loyalties is by understanding his passions."

By Nikita R Stewart  | November 9, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  
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