Forget “Frost/Nixon” and “W.” There’s only one presidential biopic worth talking about as far as [movieperson id="58720"]Will Smith[/movieperson] is concerned, and that’s “Obama.”
For months now, the president-elect and the world’s biggest box-office star have been joking about a potential movie, which will probably never be made. Or will it?
“That would be fantastic,” Smith said of the prospect of playing Barack Obama . The actor, who is no stranger to iconic portrayals of historical figures (see “Ali”), told MTV News, “There are so many aspects of that story that people don’t know — that people would love to.”
Sounds cool, right? Well, don’t order your tickets just yet for this flick. You’ve heard of movies being in development hell? The cause of this delay will be a four-year term or, if Smith has his way, even longer. “We’ll release it at the end of eight years,” laughed the actor, currently promoting his latest film, “Seven Pounds.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Smith has shared his enthusiasm for the project. When MTV News discussed the potential film with Smith over the summer, the superstar was intrigued by the idea of portraying the then-candidate but said it was premature. Asked what it would take to get him onboard, Smith replied, “As soon as he writes the end of the story.”
When MTV News recently talked to Smith about his promise, he insisted that while the ending has been written, he wants to give Obama some time to, you know, be president. “He wrote a fantastic ending. I’m going to give him eight years, though,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll be too old in eight years, but we’ll give it a shot.”
There is one particular body part that Smith is sure makes him a shoo-in for the part. “It’s right here,” Smith said over the summer, pointing to his prominent ears. “That’s the key. America loves ears, you know? Mickey Mouse started it; Goofy and Dumbo followed behind. And America just loves the ears.”
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