Thursday, November 06, 2008

Obama - The Movie

So, last night, a friend and I were talking about the fact that there has to be a movie about President-Elect Barack Obama's life coming out.

We're not sure when, we don't know who would do it, but I thought why shouldn't I cast the movie and post it here for you guys to weigh in?

I have chosen several people who I think would fit certain parts. I am going to show you a split screen photo of the actor along with the person I want them to play and I'll give my reasons. Keep in mind that this is simply my opinion of what I would like to see and who I would like to see. The comment section is for you all to weigh in or to give your suggestions of who would make the better actor for the role. A'ight?

OK. First of all, this movie has got to be a Spike Lee Joint. Nothing would do my heart better than to see opening credits that read, "40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks" and "OBAMA" in all caps.

Barack Obama

That handsome brother on the left is Roger Guenveur Smith. I know you've seen him in several Spike Lee Joints including "Do the Right Thing," "School Daze," "Malcolm X" and others. The thing I remember him for most though is his one-man show "A Huey P. Newton Story," in which he wrote and starred. That too was directed by Spike Lee.

The man to the right of that needs no introduction as every person in the free world who has eyes can identify him. That is none other than Will Smith. We all know his work "The Pursuit of Happyness," "Ali," "Independence Day" and of course the list goes on and on.

Either of them would work because they are both phenomenal actors. Obviously, Roger Smith fits the part because he looks the part with the light skin. Will Smith also fits the part because he has the ears for it.

I think that Evan Ross should be tapped to play a young Obama. He's becoming a good actor and I think he could probably fit the part, after he's had a tan. What do you think?

Michelle Obama

Ladies and gentlemen, Gabrielle Union. *applause* I like her, she's pretty, she's confident and I think she could pull this off. I think she can be aged to show Michelle getting older.

Malia and Sasha

OK, of course there aren't many children of color on television and in movies, but I picked these two because I think they can pull off the parts.

On the left is China Anne McClain, she starred in Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls and she is perhaps best known as Jazmin on Tyler Perry's House of Payne. She is feisty and sometimes too grown for her own good, but I think she'd make a perfect Sasha, that's the baby girl who loves the camera.

The little diva on the right is Willow Smith, Will and Jada's baby. She seems to have a lot of personality with her too, but I think that she's a little older than China and I think that they would be the perfect ones to play the small roles.

Barack's Parents
I think Jane Krakowski and Djimon Hounsou would be the best actors to play his parents. When I saw the picture of Obama as a child sitting on the fence with his mother supporting his back, I immediately thought of the "Ally McBeal" actress.

I think they look a lot alike and Krakowski has that wide-eyed innocence that his mother has in all the pictures I've seen of her. And Hounsou looks like he could be the stern man Obama wrote about in his book "Dreams From My Father."
Shoot, put some Malcolm X glasses on that brother and make him put on his serious face and I'll bet he'll look like Obama Sr.
To me, Hounsou and Obama Sr., share a lot of the same facial features and they both have smiles that look like they light up the room. Now I can't tell by the picture what Obama Sr., really looks like but I know Hounsou is a gorgeous man and if Obama Sr., made Obama II, he had to be a handsome feller in his own right.

Stanley and Madelyn Dunham (Obama's grandparents)

I happen to think that Robert Duval and Sharon Gless from TV's "Cagney and Lacey" would be great as his grandparents.

Not really hearing a lot about his grandparents in the media, I am going solely on looks and acting ability. In his book, I read that his grandparents were his rock and the people he looked up to for a lot of his wisdom and well, don't they look wise to you?

Maya Soetoro-Ng (his sister)

When I saw his sister, I thought that the only person who could possibly play her is Thandie Newton. These two look so much alike and Newton is a great actress. You guys probably remember her as Terrance Howard's wife on "Crash." She also has a major role in this year's movie "W" as Condoleeza Rice. I know, she looks nothing like her, but that is neither here nor there.

Joe Biden

I think Will Ferrell will make the best Joe Biden in Hollywood. First off, I know Ferrell is a comedic actor, but Biden is one funny dude. I had the opportunity to observe him at a rally earlier this year.
He says exactly what's on his mind and I think that Ferrell is probably like that at home. Plus, they both have that same crooked smile that looks like, "I just farted."
Everyone else, I just post their names and pictures and you can tell me what you thing, OK?

Brian Dennehy as John McCain

Tina Fey or Megan Mullally as Sarah Palin

Glenn Close as Hillary Clinton

Eric Dane as Bill Clinton

Paula Newsome as Oprah Winfrey

Jeffrey Wright as Jeremiah Wright

Who did I miss and what do you think of my picks for the characters?


Dianne said...

Wow you have a talent for casting!!

TH said...

Lmao - let's talk about this.

Will Smith - absolutely!

Gabrielle Union - absolutely NOT!

Tristan Wilds was good in the Secret Life of Bees - he'd make a great young Obama.

Robert Duval is cool.

Jeffery Wright - would probably play the angry parts well; if you consider the "bar brawl" a few months back.

tiltedhalo said...

Wow, I think they are some great picks! I think you did really good!

Anonymous said...

Roger Guenveur Smith would be an awesome pick. He's been an outstanding actor and it would be nice to see him get the exposure from an Obama movie.

Nicki Mayo said...

OK,OK.. You had me until you got to "Eric Dane as Bill Clinton"... are you serious. Dr. Mc Steamy right? Nah... no sale! I love all your other pics, but I can't endorse that one. I can't wait to see the movie when/if it ever comes out.

Smarty Jones said...

Glad you guys like my ideas.
@ th, I think Union could pull off Michelle Obama and this Tristan Wilds kid might be a good actor, I just don't think he looks the part.
@ nicki, you don't think McSteamy would make a good Clinton? Think about it, they are both players who love women. And if you squint your eyes and tilt your head, you can see it. ;-)

TravelDiva said...

Fantastic casting!!! Except, I see Sanaa Lathan as Michelle--I think she has more of a natural edge to her than Gabrielle and I think Michelle is not for a whole lot of foolishness. I'd go with John Travolta for Clinton--he basically played him in Primary Colors.

Love Jeffrey Wright as Jeremiah.

Nicki Mayo said...

"John Travolta for Clinton" .. GOOD CALL that can work. Of Smarty your cast is complete. Lights.. Camera.. ACTION!

Eb the Celeb said...

I like all your pics except that roger dude... he always plays something weird that I dont understand...

i still dont know what happened on that phone call in Poetic justice... was he gay? did he have aids? everytime he plays something I am confused

Eb the Celeb said...

I like all your pics except that roger dude... he always plays something weird that I dont understand...

i still dont know what happened on that phone call in Poetic justice... was he gay? did he have aids? everytime he plays something I am confused

The F$%K it List said...

I was with you up until Gabrielle Union. NO NO NO! I don't think she is a good enough actor to play Michelle Obama.

As for Obama now, I'd go with Will Smith, after the Pursuit, I knew there was no other to play this role (besides Obama said he should play him)

Jeffrey Wright would be an awesome Jeremiah Wright. He is such a phenomenal actor, he becomes figure he plays.

I'd see the movie just because of Hounsou!

Great post!

TravelDiva said...


Anonymous said...

wow, that is when will you put this movie together...your so creative...LMAO

this was really

Mista Jaycee said...

Cool casting but I would have put Jeffrey Wright as an Obama candidate too then u surpised me with Jerimiah Wright that was good.

quarter-life-crisis said...

Get it girl!

Excellent research (well maybe not the Michelle choice)!!!!

Great Post!

Sheletha said...

I have always thought that Red from That 70's Show would be a good grandparent for Obama.

GabbyUnion...yeah, may not be the best fit, but she would get the role simply because of black hollywood.

Willow, as Shasha not Melia. Remember the little girl that played on The Parent Hood??? she would be a good Sasha if she wasnt like 17 years old right now. Although I like China, sometimes I want to pop her in the mouth on the House of Payne. I gotta keep thinking about that one.

One of Big Willy's kids would play the younger Obama. Evan Ross scares the hell outta me.

Although Will Farell is a good match for Joe Biden, especially after seeing him at the Rally. I can't Will Farell seriously in something other than a slap stick role.

Melody Maker said...

I absolutely love this. You have an eye, if for nothing else, for the look of each person that you chose to play the particular character. I honestly can't say that there was one that you chose that didn't resemble the actual person/character. I know someone who will be soon interning for Tyler Perry, hmmm, maybe he should seek you out too. :)

Anonymous said...

Nice line up....the main thing I would change is who would play Sasha and Malia....I would just switch the girls characters since China is a little more than 2 years older than Willow. Willow turned 10 on Halloween last yr and China is soon to be 13