When former President Barack Obama finally decides to play casting director for his biopic, singer Drake will most likely be a solid contender for the space.
“I will say this, Drake seems to be able to do anything he wants. I mean, that is a talented, talented brother,” Obama, 59, said in an interview on a new episode of Complex News’ 360 With Speedy Mormon on Wednesday.
During the interview after the release of Obama’s book “A Promised Land,” that was released this month, the show host Speedy Mormon questioned Obama about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, rap music, and Donald Trump to his casting preferences for the eventual biopic of his life.
Mormon askes at the interview’s 45-minute mark, “One day there will be the Obama biopic. Have you ever thought about who you might want to play you in that biopic?”
In his usual way… smiling, Obama admits a few movies have already been made portraying his image which he “hasn’t watched the whole” but has seen clips. He appears to have a lukewarm feeling toward them, especially what he feels is their hyperbolic imitation of his distinctive way of talking.
There is a dissonance, he articulates, between himself and his image, and he finds “it’s best for me not to worry too much about how I’m being portrayed in that fictional life, because I’ve got a real-life with real responsibilities.”
Responding to Mormon’s question which seeks to know if Obama would like to be played by American rapper Drake, who expressed almost a decade ago that he’d love to one day portray the former president, Obama said, “If the time comes and he’s ready. Drake has, more importantly, my household’s stamp of approval. I suspect Malia and Sasha would be just fine with it,” he says, refusing to express his own preference.