Drake once said that he wanted to play Barack Obama in a movie but most people just shrugged it off as overzealousness of the “Yes We Can,” variety. But the Canadian hip-hop star seems to have mounted a small campaign to have the chance to play Barack Obama in a movie. Speaking to VH-1 at the Sundance Film Festival, Drake put his passion and intentions out there for any interested filmmakers to hear:

“I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal. I watch all the addresses. Anytime I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel, I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions.”

Drake added that most of the scripts he gets are for basketball players or rappers (surprise, surprise), but he wants to take on roles with more significance.

“I’ve been reading scripts for a while. I want to do something great. I want to do something for my culture: the younger people who are still in tune with everything going on. I’m actually writing with my friends right now.”

There’s been a lot of conversation and brainstorming lately about how to reinvigorate black film, but Drake is one person whose name I’ve never heard mentioned. Could he parlay his acting chops from Degrassi into a lead role in a feature film? And more than anything, can he pull off a role as huge as Barack Obama?

What do you think?


  • Pilot

    He is not a skilled enough actor at this point.

    Maybe later. Maybe.

  • Freebee33

    I almost forgot that he was an actor…but him playing Barack? Hmm, I like Drake, but no thanks.

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    I keep trying to like this person, but there is something there that makes him so unlikeable. Just something not aligned right. I don’t know, maybe he just tries too hard all the time in everything. I can’t quite place it.

  • Natalie

    Hell no… and to the BestAnonEver, you’re right. He does try way too hard. I don’t find him authentic or sincere.

  • mamareese

    Why not? They look similar and Drake has his acting chops going on. Who are ya’ll thinking it might be…..Denzel….he has too much agression in his acting to play this part.

  • iQgraphics

    Iman Crossman (Alphacat on youtube) should play the president. ;)

  • ruggie

    Alphacat is the best Obama impersonator I’ve seen so far.

  • iQgraphics

    AND he does a great drake too

  • http://www.DCAfterwork.com AlesiaMichelle

    F#CK NO!!!

    On all that is holy please No!!!!

  • malik hemmans

    yes he does try too hard and is really corny

  • DolphinsandPuppies

    He needs to sit down somewhere.

  • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

    Drake should stick to rapping- and I don’t even like him doing that!

  • sli

    I’m still upset that Mary J. Blige was picked to play Nina Simone. I understand that Drake wants to do something great, but he would be a poor choice to play the POTUS.

  • http://thedaughterofafrika.blogspot.com/ African Mami


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