Will Smith 'to play' Barack Obama
Will Smith 'to play' Barack Obama as US President in Hollywood movie
Hollywood film star Will Smith has staked his claim to play Barack Obama in a movie about his rise to become US President and America’s first black leader.
Smith has staked his claim to play the role, even before Barack Obama has been inaugurated as president.
Speaking at the premiere of his new film Seven Pounds at the Empire, Leicester Square, in London, Smith laughed about reports that the US President-elect had indicated that he would like the actor to play him if his life story were ever to be made into a movie.
“If I am ordered by my commander in chief to star in a film about him, I will do my duty as an American," he said, beaming.
Smith, best known for the Men in Black films and Independence Day, says however that he had no desire to move into the White House for real.
"If we were in the White House I don't know if that would exactly be a good thing. The Obamas are much more prepared to be in the White House than the Smiths.
"It's a whole lot more fun to be a movie star. That's a difficult job being President with a whole lot of lives on the line with every decision you make. In my job I just bring joy. I don't bring bad news. I think I'll stay in my position for quite some time." Smith said the “world had changed forever” with the election of Barack Obama.
He said he would be an "eyewitness to history" when he attends the impending inauguration of US President-elect Barack Obama.
Seven Pounds charts Smith's character Ben Thomas's attempts at redemption following a horrific accident. It also stars Rosario Dawson.
The actor added that he also has plans to do a Bollywood film with Danny Boyle following the success of Slumdog Millionaire.
He said: "I talked to Danny Boyle just a couple of weeks ago. When we find something it will be fantastic. I'm trying to expand as an actor and as an artist to bring stories to the screen that add to people's lives that work in service to humanity."