Forest Whitaker was offered the chance to play President Barack Obama in film, but he turned down the opportunity.
During to a recent interview with The Independent, The Butler star said he didn’t feel comfortable playing American’s first Black president because there were “better suited” candidates.
“I was asked if I would play President Obama in [2010’s] My Name is Khan,” the 52-year-old filmmaker said. “I didn’t feel comfortable with doing it. Partly because he was still in office, but mainly because I felt that there were other people who were better suited to doing the role.”
Whitaker suggested for Will Smith to play the part, but it went to Christopher B. Duncan, best known as Braxton on “The Jamie Foxx Show.”
The Academy Award winner may have passed up the opportunity, but Obama is still a fan of his work. During a August interview, the Preident said Whitaker’s performance as Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler made him cry.
“I teared up thinking about not just the butlers who worked here in the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled. But because of Jim Crow and because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go,” Obama said. “And yet with dignity and tenacity, they got up and worked every single day and put up with a whole lot of mess because they hoped for something better for their kids.”
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The World Reacts to President Obama’s Win
1. 1. People in El Pais, Spain celebrated the victory of President Obama. (AP)
2. 2. Muslim students pose shortly after voting in the mock US election held in the Philippines.
3. 3. Indian students react to results on TV during an event organized by the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, India.
4. 4. A moment later, the Indian students erupt into cheers for the re-election of President Obama.
5. 5. A sand sculpture on the beach in Puri, India is created offering congratulations to the President.
6. 6. Sarah Obama, step-grandmother of President Obama, waves her walking cane in celebration. (AP)
7. 7. Students from the school where Obama studied in Jakarta, Indonesia hold up a poster of him. (AP)
8. 8. An American supporter of President Barack Obama holds a flag and sports a T-shirt in Bangalore, India. (AP)
9. 9. U.S citizens celebrate U.S. presidential election results in Mumbai, India. (AP)
10. 10. A Kenyan supporter of President Barack Obama cheers as he watches a broadcast showing that Obama has won. (AP)
11. 11. A U.S. citizen reacts as he watches the live telecast of presidential election results in Mumbai, India. (AP)
12. 12. Villagers celebrate in the village of Kogelo, home to Sarah Obama the step-grandmother of the President. (AP)
13. 13. U.S. embassy staff, Iraqi guests & ambassadors listen to the speech of President in Baghdad. (AP)
14. 14. President Obama supporters in Turkey cheer after hearing the results that he has been re-elected.
15. 15. Indian Muslim students pose for photographs near cutout of President Obama. (AP)
16. 16. President Obama supporters celebrate upon hearing the presidential election results in Singapore.
17. 17. Italian Democrats celebrate President Obama’s win in Rome. (AP)
18. 18. U.S. citizens break into a dance as President Barack Obama’s win becomes certain in New Delhi, India.
19. 19. Indian students have their picture taken a President Obama cardboard cutout in New Delhi.
20. 20. A Muslim woman poses for a photo with a cutout of President Obama celebrating his win in Jakarta, Indonisia.
21. 21. President Obama supporters react upon hearing the presidential election results in Holland. (AP)
22. 22. President Obama supporters react upon hearing the presidential election results in Japan. (AP)
23. 23. Supporters in Chicago react to the election results for President Barack Obama. (AP)
24. 24. Arizona Democrats celebrate as President Obama is declared the winner of the presidential race.
25. 25. Supporters wave flags during President Barack Obama’s election night party in Chicago. (AP)