Obama Should've Played Himself in Obama Movie
For those of you that are not aware of it, there is a movie coming out this Friday in select theaters called Southside with You. It is the fictionalized account of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's first date. Before "Hope" and "Change" there was ice cream and an art gallery. Before ISIS, Benghazi and making fat American kids do jumping jacks and eat broccoli, there was a Chicago couple watching a Spike Lee movie. One day in 1989 led to the union of what become the First Couple of the United States from 2008-2016. A power couple if I've ever seen one.
I came across the trailer a few days ago and, while the casting seems to be pretty on point, I have one issue: WHY IS'NT OBAMA PLAYING HIMSELF? Parker Sawyers, the actor playing the Commander in Chief, definitely passes the eye test on being a young Barack. The similarities in some shots are actually a little scary. His voice could be a little deeper, but overall he looks like he is Obama and should provide a solid performance. None of that matters to me.
Come January, Obama will have nothing to do. Many of you might assume that after 8 years in the Oval Office the President deserves a long vacation, but you're wrong. Have you seen the video of Malia twerking? Rumor has it she was caught inhaling the devil's lettuce (marijuana) recently, too. I'm sure Obama is a good father because, well, I have no reason to assume that, but I do. Even if he is a good dad, he has spent the last 8 years being ridiculously busy. After having to deal with all of the stress of president stuff (what exactly does the President do? Lol), all he has to do now is be around his family. There is no way he should want to be around his family right now without any type of buffer or hobby to keep him occupied so he doesn't just sit on the couch and stew over the latest TMZ report on his daughter acting exactly as she's supposed to.
What would be a better hobby than being a movie star? Obama has all of the charisma and swag one needs to be a box office draw. The Rock has built an entire career off of being a cool guy with muscles. Obama could be the cool guy without muscles. Just imagine a heist movie starring the Rock, Kevin Hart and Obama. Kevin Hart gets in some money trouble or something so he has his bad-ass best bud, The Rock, help him out. They devise a plan to steal from a crooked billionaire but they need help. In walks Obama, the brains of the operation. He is the casual, slick, laid-back cool guy. The villain is Kevin Spacey. This is a very rough outline so don't judge too hard, but I would pay to see this already. Bring in Michael Bay to add some explosions and it'll make $30 billion in the opening weekend.
WAIT! What about this: remake the Office and Barack is Jim? See, this could definitely happen. If it wasn't for JFK, Obama would clearly be the most celebrity-ish president in history. With a few summer blockbusters under his belt he could take control of number one on that list. That is why I think Barack not playing himself in Southside with You is a mistake. You put Obama in a Romantic-Dramedy and that is where I could see him really shine. Use some Benjamin Button magic to make him more youthful, and a star would have been born. If Lebron can be a scene stealer in Trainwreck there is no doubt Obama can be a lead man.
Hopefully, this post gets the word out. Hopefully, Obama reads this and is inspired. I don't think I can ever die happy knowing that Obama could have starred in a Rush Hour reboot.