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. dizizi31

    What No mention of Will's coments on the Cobert Report? Why CNN Why?

    June 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. GB

    I used to like Will. Why would anyone want to make a movie about Barack Obama?

    Come on CNN, you are posting all the negatives about Hillary.

    June 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. corey

    jeez. he's already thinking about who's going to play him in the movies. Can we say vanity???

    June 27, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Carol, California

    Ok, this easily ranks number 1 on the Dumbest Political Ticker Stories Ever Posted list

    June 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Jaime in Texas

    Oh brother.

    June 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Alice in Florida

    I wish Obama would flap those big ears and fly away somewhere

    June 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. CALI DUDE

    The ears are ok ..but what can be done about his chronic "tongue in cheek" ailment . He is never really serious. And playing Obama would require a serious character actor.

    Not Smith...

    He can't ever be taken seriously.. He's a Clown of an actor. Never in a serious believable role.

    June 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. Jennifer Cordero

    Actually – my boyfriend (In Chicago) looks like Obama! Who can I talk to about that – for movie purposes. Sorry Will Smith – I love ya!

    June 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Chris

    As if the Obama hype wasn't enough about Hollywood to begin with.

    June 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Joe G

    CNN is a joke network. Every story is about Obama!!!!

    June 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Gary 7

    PAC PUMA Voters don't exist. It is a lie.

    June 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Carolyn

    kJ

    You sure can't be a true Democatic. I can see anyone in their right mind voting for McCain. Have you look at the economy lately. Stop tripping

    June 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. rachel

    Hmm still so much hate for Hillary. I don't understand your canidate won arent you all over the moon, hating on the woman who is gonna help him win the white house is silly. I don't think any movies about his life should comeout anytime soon.

    June 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    Hey Will, I think you are the only one to play Obama. Thanks for being such a supporter of his and donating to his campaign. I'm a big fan of yours.

    Older Women for Obama,/??? 08

    June 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Matt

    Political seal, presidential posturing.. I hope this guy goes down hard. America doesn't like arrogance and Obama is a meglomaniac.

    June 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Clinton/McCain

    As soon as Obama loses the election then they can make a movie about the most extreme media bias ever and the biggest use of the race card ever by Obama campaign.

    June 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. CALI DUDE

    Mike Huckabee can do the remake of Gomer Pyle USMC ..No Doubt a "dead" ringer for Jim Neighbors..no pun intended.

    June 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. gypsycam

    PLEASE NOT WILL SMITH... he can't deliver.

    He does his best work in action movies. he's generally overrated i think.

    A Jaimee Fox or Chiwetel Ejiofor would do a better job

    Even Denzel would be better except that he's too old

    June 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Carol, California

    Rosie O'Donnell as Hillary – perfect match in looks, personality, and in other ways we won't comment on at this time

    June 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Gina

    I hope the ending of the movie has Obama loosing the election ... and, art imitates life. It will be an actor portraying the life of an actor, since Obama is such a phony. Actually they both lack judgement, since Smith became Tom Cruise's boy, and a Scientologist.

    June 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Bishop

    The Fresh President of Bel-Aire...

    June 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. vw

    OK, CNN, portray him as the victim of slavery, and beneficiary of slavery.

    Keep in mind, we are trying to elect a good president for USA, NO MATTER S/HE is republic or democratic, no matter what is the color.

    June 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. Ross

    Let Obama play himself. All he does is read a script anyway. Ask this socialist one question off 'his script' and he gets flustered as a.... well person without a thought in his head.

    Obama will be a great puppet president.

    June 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Becky

    Concerned Democrat June 27th, 2008 11:59 am ET

    ********
    Agreed. As an Obama supporter, a message to other Obama supporters: stop the "neener neener neener Obama won and Hillary is stupid". If Hillary had won the nomination I'd be voting for her even though Obama is my #1 choice. Both Obama and Hillary are better than neocon McCain.

    June 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Kristi

    Will Smith also has the great smile.

    The guy who plays Obama on SNL doesn't work because he doesn't have a good smile and without that, you can't impersonate Obama. It just doesn't work.

    June 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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