Barack Obama Reveals Which Celebrity Could Play Him in a Movie

Paulina Jayne Isaac
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Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

  • Barack Obama gives Drake his "stamp of approval" to play him in a biopic.

  • Drake previously expressed interest in playing Obama in a movie.

Drake might have started from the bottom, but he's headed for the White House. Well, only fictionally. Barack Obama recently appeared on an episode of Complex News’ 360 With Speedy Mormon. When asked if he'd support Drake portraying him in a movie, Obama gave a surprisingly candid reply.

“I will say this—Drake seems to be able to do anything he wants,” he said. “I mean, that is a talented, talented brother. If the time comes and he’s ready... Drake has, more importantly, my household’s stamp of approval. I suspect Malia and Sasha would be just fine with it.”

In 2012, Drake admitted he wants to play Obama in a movie:

"I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal. I watch all the addresses," he told NME. "Any time I seen him on TV, I don’t change the channel. I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions."

Obama has been portrayed on the big screen in the past, namely in movies Southside With You and Barry. In the interview, Obama remained coy about his opinions of Parker Sawyers and Devon Terrell's performances. "It’s best for me not to worry too much about how I’m being portrayed in that fictional life, because I’ve got a real life with real responsibilities," he said.

It's true that Obama has kept himself busy in the years following his presidency. He recently released his memoir, A Promised Land, which has already sold 1.7 million copies.

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