"It's about the ears! That's the thing. You know, people see the ears, and Barack and I both have the ears," he said, exaggeratedly pulling one ear out to the side. "So I'm the most natural choice."
Article first published as Can Will Smith Play President Barack Obama? on Blogcritics.
President Barack Obama once said that popular African-American actor Will Smith would be the best actor to play him in a movie. "Will and I have talked about this because he has the ears!" President Obama said sometime in the spring of 2008 before he won the presidential nomination. But do you think Will Smith and Barack Obama will pass for brothers at any gathering?
Will Smith is an exceptional actor and was very good in his outstanding portrayal of the greatest boxing legend of all time Muhammad Ali in the 2001 biographical film Ali directed by Michael Mann and he was equally good as Chris Gardner the on-and-off-homeless salesman-turned stockbroker in the 2006 biopic film The Pursuit of Happyness directed by Gabriele Muccino, and he deserved the Best Actor Oscar nominations for the two different roles.
Playing the lives of great personalities in biopic movies is not for every actor. Only exceptionally gifted actors can play such challenging roles and I can recall the following examples .
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