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. Mike Maddox

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

    What in Sam Hill are you talking about?! The only negative thing I've seen against either of the Clinton's is the fact that they may still have hard feelings against each other, and that Bill hasn't officially gotten on board. All in all, since the suspension of his campaign, I've heard and read nothing but positivity and subtle praise for the New York Senator.

    June 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. ny

    Who is playing Pastor Wright and so called fiesty wife Michele?

    June 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. White Lady for Obama

    It' going to happen, and we shouldn't be surprised. It's not vanity!

    Perfect for Hillary: Shirley Jones Partridge Family Mom

    June 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Angus McDugan

    Given Obama's experience, Will could be a good Obama in real life.

    June 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. dani

    This was on Colbert first.

    June 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. The Change Express

    Perfect match ! I know Will would do an excellent job. I hope they tell some of Obama's bio from childhood to present

    June 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Belle2

    Well, this article certainly shows where politics have gone in this country. First we have fan clubs and groupies instead of regular supporters of a politician; then, we decide who will play the idol in the movie. God help us all.

    June 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Comedy Central

    Will Smith would definitely flatter Obama who is rather homely. Elvira could play Michelle Obama.

    June 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. JanetB

    At least he has the ears.

    June 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Rick

    Will Smith has the ears but he'd still have to put on the big, red round nose and dunce hat to accurately portray this clown.

    June 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Chris

    Will Smith cannot act...he would make a terrible Obama. I like Denzel much better, but Denz is getting old... love him though.

    June 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. faye, NV

    Wow! both do have large ears and Will would do a great job in protraying Obama.

    June 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Nova from NV

    I think Rev. Write would be happy to play his self.
    As for Rezko, he is still in jail so I am not sure who would play him.

    June 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Abbey

    And while he's at it maybe he can recruit Barack and Michelle for the Church of Scientology that he promotes. I guess it couldn't be worse than the one they disavowed.

    June 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. j williamson

    It reminds me a story I heard years ago: When Jack Warner (the late studio head) heard Ronald Reagan was running for president, he loudly said, "No! Jimmy Stewart for president, Ronald Reagan as the best friend!"

    June 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. Bill in St. Cloud, FL

    I have a lime green sofa that could play the part of Hillary.....

    June 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. I'll say it

    "And I'd watch the movie! Who would play McCain if McCain won? "

    @ Becky

    Clearly George Bush can play that part, afterall they are one in the same.

    June 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Emma, San Jose, CA

    VM: you are in the running for the award for Most Rude Poster.
    Hopefully the film would not be heavy on the election campaign. That is only one piece of Obama's history.

    June 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Since when did CNN turn into Entertainment Tonight? Of course, the way the media fawns over Obama, who can blame them?

    Where is the REAL news? Pathetic.

    June 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. GA American

    Calidude... that's why he be good as a barack obama. Is barack serious? I don't think so. In fact I know so!

    June 27, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. Dave in Atlanta

    While everyone is focused on the ears, am I the only one wondering why MTV/Myspace has a presidential forum?

    June 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Nova from NV

    That dude who played the White wizard from Lord of the rings can play Ron Paul

    June 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. jackrainman

    Yeah, and they could get Jazzy Jeff to play his minister! Seriously, Denzel looks more like Barack.

    June 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Elly

    I love Will smith...hes always Hillarious and a great actor!
    GOOO Will... hehe

    June 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. America for Obama

    Looks like smooth Willy has finally met his match! Anytime Will Smith is jumping at the oppurtunity to play a role, as a real life person, you know that person has got be cooler then the other side of the pillow.

    Obama 2008!!!

    June 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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