Will Smith says he’s spoken to President Obama about playing him in a film biopic

Smith revealed that the POTUS said "the one thing that's for sure is I have the ears to play him."

Will Smith has revealed that he’s spoken to President Barack Obama about playing him in a future film biopic.

The 47-year-old Suicide Squad star appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, where he revealed that he has broached the topic of playing the POTUS with Obama a number of times.

Joking with Colbert about how he’d “missed the opportunity to be the first black President” after Obama took office in 2009, Smith then revealed that he’d be open to playing the 44th President in a future biopic and that he’d already consulted Obama on his suitability for that role.


“We’ve talked about it a couple of times, and he said the one thing that’s for sure is I have the ears to play him,” Smith joked.

Smith also talked about his own possible political aspirations. “I was thinking about it but, you know, I watched Obama for the last 8 years [and] that’s a hard job,” Smith 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.”

Watch the interview below.

Smith stars in Suicide Squad, which is released in the UK on Friday. Read the NME verdict on the DC Comics film here.