If a biopic movie about Barack Obama, 59, is ever made, the former President would be thrilled to have Drake, 34, step into the role! “I will say this — Drake seems to to be able to do anything he wants. That’s a talented, talented brother. If the time comes and he’s ready, you know…,” Barack said in a new interview with Complex magazine’s “360 With Speedy Morman” show when asked if the Canadian rapper would have his “stamp of approval.”
Obama says @Drake has his blessings to play him in a biopic. 👀
— Complex (@Complex) November 25, 2020
It turns out that Barack isn’t the only Obama who would be happy with the potential casting decision — but daughters Malia, 22, and Sasha, 19, would also be thrilled! “He has more importantly my household’s stamp of approval. I suspect Malia and Sasha would be just fine with it,” he added. The A Promised Land author has been a fan of Drake’s music for years, including “Work” with Rihanna on his summer 2020 playlist, as well as tune “Too Good” on a 2019 edition.
Obama’s comments come a decade after the Degrassi alum confessed one of his career goals was to play the 44th President in a film one day. ”I hope somebody makes a movie about President Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal,” he said in an interview with Paper magazine. “I watch all the addresses. Any time 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,” he added.
Drake showed off his acting chops once again on SNL back in 2016, where he brought the laughs in a hilarious “Bar Mitzvah” sketch. The somewhat autobiographical bit walked viewers through his Toronto upbringing, and what it was like having a Jewish mother and a Black father. “It’s 1999 — I’m 13! As a man I would like to announce that I will now be called Drake…I’m sorry, Dracob,” Drake — née Aubrey Drake Graham — hilariously stage on-stage. In another sketch, he even impersonated ex Rihanna’s verse on their catchy duet “Work.”
The 34-year-old has come a long way since his days on Degrassi, and OG Drake fans are eagerly anticipating his return to acting! He has continued to show off his comedic side over the years in various music videos — such a “In My Feelings” and “No Guidance” with Chris Brown — but hasn’t appeared in a feature film or television role in several years. Notably, Drake is also an executive producer on Zendaya‘s HBO series Euphoria.