Will Smith has told US TV show host Stephen Colbert that he’s looked into playing outgoing US president Barack Obama – and has even discussed it with the man himself.
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air star, who is currently promoting his new film Suicide Squad, told Colbert that his political ambitions had actually been thwarted by Obama.
He said: “I definitely have had the itching. I have lots of views and ideas and sometimes I hear people say things on television and I just want to run against them. Just straight at ‘em and knock ‘em over. But I think it’s not where my greatest gifts are.”
The star did concede that watching Obama during his presidency made him think twice about becoming president. But, when pushed Smith said the next best thing would be to play Obama in a movie. President Obama has given his backing to the project.
Watch the full interview below.
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