Barack Obama Says This Actor Could Play Him in a Movie

The former U.S. president and his family have given him the stamp of approval.

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Being cast to play the president of the United States, whether sitting or former, is a big honor in Hollywood. But when one the most highly regarded POTUSes in recent history endorses you as a great casting choice… that might actually trump nabbing the role. A decade after rapper and Canadian actor Drake expressed interest in portraying Barack Obama on the big screen, the 44th U.S. president officially offered his stamp of approval.

During an interview with Complex's 360 With Speedy Morman, Obama was asked if he would be comfortable having Drake play him in a film adaptation of his life. "I will say this, Drake seems to be able to do anything he wants," Obama said. "I mean, that is a talented, talented brother. So, if the time comes and he's ready…"

Obama also made it clear that he isn't the only member of his household who would be proud of the casting choice. "Drake has, more importantly I think, my household's stamp of approval," he joked, referring specifically to his daughters. "I suspect Malia and Sasha would be just fine with it."

In 2010, when Obama was still in the White House, Drake, who got his start on the Canadian teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation, first revealed his hopes of playing the first Black president. "I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama's life soon because I could play him. I watch all the addresses. Anytime I see him on TV, I don't change the channel, I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I'm pretty good at impressions," he told Paper. "Slowly but surely, I'm not in the study mode because nobody's called me about anything, but I just pay attention so when the day comes I'm not scrambling to learn how to speak like him."

If Drake does in fact nab his dream role, he would join a long list of actors who have played former U.S. presidents. Read on for some of the most memorable casting choices. And for more actors who totally transformed for roles, check out 14 Actors Who Looked Unrecognizable in Major Movies.

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