Drake throws unexpected encouragement from Barack Obama as he works on his CV
Former US president Barack Obama has given the thumbs-up to rapper Drake’s ambition to portray him during a biopic.
Drake first expressed his interest in playing Obama in 2010 during an interview with Paper. Though many know him for his rap skills and hits, October’s Very Own kick-started his career as a toddler star acting in Degrassi: subsequent Generation and Charlie Bartlett.
While Drake expressed his interest in portraying the lifetime of the 44th US president almost 10 years ago, Obama finally gave the rapper his official “stamp of approval” should the chance arise during a recent interview with Complex’s Speedy Morman.
“I will say this, Drake seems to be ready to do anything he wants. I mean, that’s a talented, talented brother. So if the time comes and he’s ready …”
Obama added that not only does he give Drake his blessing to portray him — but his daughters would too.
“Drake has, more importantly, I think, my household’s stamp of approval. I think Malia and Sasha would be just fine with it,” Obama said.
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During an interview with Paper years ago, Drake said, “I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. I watch all the addresses. Any time I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel, I definitely concentrate and hear the inflections of his voice.
“If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions. Slowly but surely, I’m not within the study mode because nobody’s called me about anything, but I just concentrate so when the day comes I’m not scrambling to find out the way to speak like him,” Drake said.
God’s Plan hitmaker wouldn’t be the primary to portray Obama. He’s already been represented by Kingsley Ben-Adir on The Comey Rule via Showtime. Parker Sawyers also portrayed the previous US president in Richard Tanne’s Southside with You.