President Obama gave him his blessing.
If Drake does get to embody the former president, it will be an opportunity a long time in the making. The rapper, who began his career by starring in Degrassi: The Next Generation and Charlie Bartlett, first expressed interest in playing Obama during a 2010 interview with Paper.
“I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him,” he said. “That’s the goal. I watch all the addresses. Anytime 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. … I just pay attention so when the day comes I’m not scrambling to learn how to speak like him.”
Drake added that portraying the 45th president would allow him to fulfill his dreams of working on “a real meaty project full of substance.”
Guess Obama’s a fan. (Who isn’t?)