June 27th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Will Smith says he'd make a good Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/27/art.obamasmith.gi.jpg caption="Will Smith says he'd make a good Obama."](CNN) - The prolonged Democratic primary race had all the twists and turns of a Hollywood thriller, and at least one A-list actor is ready to portray Barack Obama on the big screen.

Speaking with MTV earlier this week, actor Will Smith said he'd enjoy playing the Illinois senator in an upcoming movie and noted the two share at least one feature in common: rather large ears.

"It's all right here," Smith joked as he pointed to his ears. "That's the key. That's the key. America loves ears, you know? Mickey Mouse started it; Goofy and Dumbo followed behind. And America just loves ears."

Earlier this year, Obama said he and Smith had discussed the possibility.

"Will and I have talked about this because he has the ears!" Obama said at an MTV/MySpace Presidential forum in February.

But Smith says he wouldn't sign onto a movie about Obama until the campaign outcome is clear.

"As soon as he writes the end of the story," Smith said of when he'd be willing to take up the role.

No word on which Hollywood actresses are interested in portraying Hillary Clinton.

soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. A unknow black man from Canada help blogged 4 Obama since primary.

    Well said Will!

    June 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Maroun B.

    I'm thinking about Helen Mirren or Catherine DeNeuve to play H's role.

    June 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. clear the smoke

    He doesn't look anything like him.

    June 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Typical White Person

    Mod June 27th, 2008 11:41 am ET wrote:

    I think a man would be better suited to play Hillary.
    -

    This is your idea of keeping the campaign about the issues?

    There is something fundamentally wrong with how you were brought up if you think insulting and mocking people is a mature expression of your position. If you have a point that is relevant, by all means post it. If you just want to be rude, do the rest of us a favor and take it somewhere else.

    June 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Michelle

    Another silly article. Any excuse to post
    Obama's photo.

    I used to have the utmost respect for journalists. They used to
    be heroes, seeking the truth. It was their duty to remained unbiased.

    Is ANYONE going to bring up the Constitutional requirement of NATIVE BORN? McCain had to prove his eligibility and so should Obama.

    There are questions about that "paper" posted at Obama's site.
    It has NO SEAL OR SIGNATURE. Where is the original?

    CNN, please post this. Thank you.

    June 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Mike Maddox

    This would be interesting! lol

    IF this is gonna be about the presidential campaign, this will be the best political movie since HBO's movie on Bush v. Gore!

    June 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. fred m

    How about Michael Jackson as Obama?

    June 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Last Honest man

    From Ali, the Draft dodger, to Obama....hmmmm.....isn't that a step down?

    June 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Nik June 27th, 2008 11:38 am ET

    Wow I think it would be beneath Will Smith of playing a failed candidate.
    ----------------------------------
    You mean the guy who won the nomination and is favored heavily to win the presidency....I didnt know "Fail" was the new term for "Success."

    GROW UP.

    June 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Chuck

    "No word on which Hollywood actresses are interested in portraying Hillary Clinton."

    They should get Michael Moore to play Hillary!

    June 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Fella from Chicago

    Barack "the Dumbo" Hussein Obama. I like it; thanks Will.

    June 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Becky

    KJ June 27th, 2008 11:41 am ET

    "Put your country first and party second my fellow Hillary supporters. Vote for McCain."
    ********************
    Do you realize that Hillary would have a better chance of becoming president if she had a strong role in Obama's administration? If McCain was president for 4-8 years, Hillary will not have as much of a chance.

    Many Hillary supporters have stopped being spiteful and are backing Obama. Both Hillary and Obama are much better than neocon McCain.

    June 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Manuel TX

    How long would the movie be?

    Given Obama's actual political experience...oh about 15 minutes.

    🙂

    June 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Linda1234

    I wish Obama had half the charm and good will of Will Smith!

    June 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Brian June 27th, 2008 11:43 am ET

    Tom Cruise would be a wonderful pyscho PUMA Clinton supporter. His last scene can show him cutting his foot off believing that it will teach America a lesson.
    ---------------------------------–
    HAHAHAHA.....spot on...spot on...

    June 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Mike Tyson also wants to play Obama... he needs the money too.

    June 27, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. itsmorenamorena

    Whatevs.....

    Some resemblance, but there's another actor that more strongly resembles Obama, that's Harry Lennix.

    June 27, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is history in the making and I'm sure Hollywood has already started writing. I'm not sure if there has ever been a movie about Bill Clinton featuring Hillary but if not, Hillary will have her debut also.

    June 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Jim

    Hahaha, that's awsome! I love Will Smith, he's the man in all his movies! lol, that's so funny with the ears bit.

    June 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Kevin

    So he wants to play a modern day Al Capone. Wonder if Obama will end up in Alcatraz after 4 years in office.

    June 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. YES WE CAN!

    You know whats funny, I was thinking the same thing when I first thought about an Obama movie.. it would be a great story.
    Obama for President.

    June 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. peter

    why is this on the "political" ticker? who cares. report on policy differences between mccain and obama. or their closeted skeletons. changes in position and reasons for that change.

    report political news and investigative journalism. please.

    June 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Concerned Democrat

    Obama supporters really need to get over Hillary Clinton and her supporter and read the news. The polls all show that a significant amount of Clinton supporters are backing Obama. Now just shut up about the primary and quit trying to stir up more dissent. You are not really helping to unify by continuing to spew your angry bitter hate toward former Clinton supporters.

    June 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Linda

    Earl - I think you could out-whine and out shrill anyone! Maybe you should listen more to the man you support.

    June 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  25. The V-Child

    Barack Obama = Will Smith
    Hillary Clinton = Meryll Streep
    John McCain = Clint Eastwood

    co-starring...

    Bill Clinton = Jon Voight
    John Edwards = Matthew McConaughey
    Rudy Guilliani = Joe Pesci
    Mitt Romney = Jim Caviezel

    Terry McCaliffe = Dane Cook... LOL

    June 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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