Will Smith: I’m the “Natural Choice” to Play ObamaPublished by Natasha Fierce on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 9:30 am.
Pop quiz: what’s bigger, Will Smith’s ears, or his ego?
Kidding, kidding. But the Men in Black 3 star does seem to think he has dibs on the most coveted film role for every middle-aged Black actor working today: playing President Barack Obama.
Smith told BBC News that he’s the “natural choice” to play the POTUS, crediting his most distinct feature. “It’s about the ears, that’s the thing,” he said on Monday. “People see the ears and Barack and I both have the ears, so I’m the most natural choice,” Smith continued.
Can’t hurt that he’s on a first name basis with President Obama either.
Ears aside, we will admit there are plenty of similarities between the leader of the free world and the king of Hollywood. They’re both married to fierce women who can easily kick their behinds, they both protected America from terrorists (Smith in Independence Day, Obama in, well, real life), and they’re both on George Clooney’s speed dial.
But Smith says the would-be biopic is still in development. “I told [Obama] jokingly, ‘It’s definitely something I would consider, you just have to write the ending.’ So he’s working on the ending right now.”
In the mean time, you can catch Smith, and his ears, in Men in Black 3 starting this weekend.