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.