(Admittedly, that last one is not the flashiest story.)
“It’s about the ears,” he told the BBC. “Barack and I both have the ears. So I’m the most natural choice.”
Smith added, “I told [Obama], joking, it’s definitely something I would consider — you just have to write the ending. So he’s working on the ending right now.”
Cool observation, Will Smith! But as the Huffington Post points out, you made that exact joke to MTV in 2008.
During the media tour for “Hancock,” Smith spoke to MTV’s Josh Horowitz about playing Obama, while touching his ears, “It's right here. That's the key. That's the key. America loves ears, you know?”
The actor also told MTV he would make the film, “As soon as [Obama] writes the end of the story.”
Smith also made the ears joke to CNN’s Dan Lothian in December 2009.
Believe it or not, this is not even the first time Smith has hilariously noted Obama’s ears to the BBC. “He has the ears, we both share the ears. ... People dig the ears,” Smith said in June 2008, explaining why he supported Obama.
To be fair, President Obama has used the same quip — and also recycled it.
Then-candidate Obama joked about Smith’s ears at a Myspace/MTV presidential forum in 2007.The following year, he told “Entertainment Tonight” (via the Associated Press and Huffington Post), “Will and I have talked about [playing me in a film] because he has the ears!”
Now, it’s hard to fault Smith for making this joke more than once. There are only so many humorous sound bites one can come up with during this many interviews.
So I think reporters should agree to stop asking Will Smith about playing President Obama until a film is announced. And Will Smith? Let’s retire that gag, okay?