The Hotel Rwanda star admits he was a tabloid target for a minute after becoming part of George Clooney's Ocean's Eleven cast, but photographers quickly moved away from outside his home when they realised his life was too dull for them.

"When I moved into this house (in Santa Monica), the paparazzi and TMZ followed me - for about three minutes," he tells Playboy magazine. "They were like, 'Ugh. You're really just going to go grocery shopping? Well, s**t. Call us when you're exciting!'"

And Cheadle admits he's so not fame-savvy, he doesn't even realise when a female fan is attempting to get him into bed.

"(My wife) Bridgid and I have been together 22 years (and) she'll walk behind me, notice somebody and go, 'You didn't see that?' And I'm like, 'No'.

"I don't really hang out. I don't got to clubs and usually don't go out to dinner without Bridgid or my family. I'm kind of a homebody... There aren't a lot of opportunities to jam me up or try to hand me a phone number as I'm going to the bathroom. We are not going to be bumping rails in the restroom."