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Will Smith As Barack Obama? Actor Jokes He Has The Ears To Play President

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/22/2012 11:02 am

Will Smith Barack Obama

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Will Smith as Barack Obama. (Spoiler alert: you have.)

Nearly four years after Smith joked about potentially playing Obama in a not-actually-happening biopic on the president's life, the "Men In Black 3" star is at it again.

Asked by the BBC about rumors that he could play Obama, Smith replied, "We talked about it a few months ago. Again, it’s about the ears, that’s the thing. People see the ears, and Barack and I both have the ears, so I’m the most natural choice."

Smith added that he told Obama, "jokingly," that he would consider playing the president onscreen, but that POTUS has "to write the ending."

Said Smith: "He’s working on the ending right now.”

If that all sounds familiar, it's because Smith said nearly the exact same thing back in 2008 while promoting "Hancock."

"It's right here," Smith said to MTV while gesturing at his famous ears. "That's the key. That's the key. America loves ears, you know? Mickey Mouse started it; Goofy and Dumbo followed behind. And America just loves the ears."

At the time, Smith said he would love to play Obama, "As soon as he writes the end of the story."

At least he's consistent.

Smith recently supported Obama's stance on same-sex marriage, saying that it was "brave" of the president to make a statement.

Watch the BBC interview with Smith above.

[BBC via Politico]

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