When I heard through a friend in the Los Angeles Jaguar Club that Don Cheadle was working on a movie and needed a green Series III XJ with a tan interior up in Culver City for a day, I had no idea what movie it was. It sounded like a fun thing to do, and after a few emails and phone calls my wife and I headed up for the adventure about a week later. When we arrived we learned that the movie my car was being used for was “Miles Ahead” was about Miles Davis, and that they needed my car for the scene where Miles Davis gets shot while sitting in the front passenger seat of a Jaguar. I was familiar with Miles Davis and his music, but I was a little fuzzy about the shooting incident so I looked it up on my cell phone while waiting in the sound stage. Miles Davis was shot in 1969 in Brooklyn, NY and the Series III didn’t show up until 10 years later. If Miles Davis got shot in a Jaguar it was definitely not a Series III (or any XJ), but I was not going to tell them that.
Most of the movie was shot in Cincinnati, Ohio months before using a green Series III XJ6 with a tan interior. While editing the movie they discovered that they didn’t have the footage of the interior of the car during the shooting that they needed, so they looked for a car that looked like the Jaguar that they used in Cincinnati. My green 1990 V12 Vanden Plas was close enough for them. A stunt man sat in my front passenger seat with cameras focused on his left side where the bullet hit Miles Davis for the filming. They used small explosive charges to simulate the bullet hitting the stuntman and they filmed this a few times from different angles. The final shooting sequence filmed in my car is shown a few times in the movie.
It was a fun day for my wife and I. They paid us, they fed us, they filled up both fuel tanks before we left, we got to watch the filming, the filming crew spent a lot of time admiring my car, we met Don Cheadle, and now I have this great story to tell.