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Casting Couch Picks: The Obama Life Story

When we heard Tyler Perry was considering a film script inspired by the life of Michelle Obama ... we took the opportunity to kick around names of actors we'd cast in an Obama biopic.

So, here are our picks.

Obama and Will Smith

As Barack Obama ... Will Smith (this was an easy one)

Michelle Obama and Regina King

As Michelle Obama ... Regina King (in the no-nonsense/loving wife role she knows well)

Hillary Clinton and Meredith Baxter

As Hillary Clinton ... Meredith Baxter (or Cybil Shepperd, but we're still creeped out by her Martha Stewart portrayal)

Marian Robinson and Margaret Avery

As Michelle Obama's Mom (Marian Robinson) ... Margaret Avery (a dead-ringer)

Malia and Sasha Obama and Willow Smith and Jamia Simone Nash

As the Obama Kids (Malia and Sasha) ... Willow Smith and Jamia Simone Nash (the ages are a little off, but still ...)

David Axlerod and James Eckhouse

As Obama Chief Strategist David Axlerod ... the Dad from Beverly Hills 90210 (whatever happened to that guy, anyway?)

Agree? Disagree? Weigh in!

(Photo Credits: Getty Images, The Boston Globe, IMDB)



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That's why Cybil would make a good Hillary. Because Hillary is so polarizing like Ms Stewart. Candice Bergen a great actress, not at all Hillary in real life but she could pull off the acting job. I think Ms. Bergen.

Sent by Linda | 8:22 PM | 4-3-2008

If Tyler Perry is making this movie, it'll be Shemar Moore as Barack, Kimberly Elise as Michelle, some unknown white actress as Hillary and James Earl Jones as Axelrod.

Sent by Shawn Johnson | 11:44 AM | 4-4-2008

Person Actor
Obana Danziel Washington
Michelle O Angela Bassett
Obamas'kids Wilow Smith & J. Simone
Mom Ruby Dee
Hillary M. Streep
Strategist Morgan Freeman

Sent by mchap | 10:15 PM | 4-4-2008


Sent by Gloria Alee | 7:42 AM | 4-5-2008

Re: McCain Called a Warmonger at Obama Appearance

The dictionary asserts that a ???warmonger is a person who advocates, endorses, or tries to precipitate war??? (, 2008). The explanations go to the extent of stating a warmonger is a ??????noun???, a person who advocates war or warlike policies and list the synonym as militarist??? (, 2008).
Most media personalities are required to have some sort of communication degree. Would you consider the English language imperfect or media representatives to be using the language inconsistently?
Reference:, 2008, Lexico Publishing Group, LLC retrieved April 6, 2008 from website:

Sent by Kevin M. Ali | 9:41 AM | 4-6-2008


Sent by Gloria Alee | 3:38 AM | 4-7-2008

naw naw naw let them all play themselves directly... no cattle call nor type casting... it's got to be real, got to be real...

Sent by K MJUMBE | 3:53 PM | 4-7-2008

harry lennix as barack obama

Sent by aisha | 2:53 PM | 4-8-2008

I like Harry Lennix as Barack Obama. But I feel very strongly that Jamia Simone Nash looks nothing like either of Barack's daughters.

Sent by alice b. | 11:16 AM | 4-9-2008

funny how folks want to make david axelrod black, he's not, obviously, wish he were. go figure...

Sent by nonebetterthantheother | 9:13 PM | 4-9-2008

Harry Lennix is perfect! Regina King is almost perfect, not tall enough, but surely sassy enough. The kids...any cutie will do. I love the choice for David Axlerod (Dad from 90210)

Sent by Angela, Philadelphia (North Philly Raised) | 1:03 PM | 4-10-2008

If we're going by looks alone, Harry J. Lennix looks more like Obama than Will Smith. Of course though, Smith is a way better actor.

Sent by MH | 7:25 PM | 4-11-2008

Oh, without a doubt Harry J. Lennix IS Barack Obama on screen. Harry is a brilliant actor, has the look and the demeanor....and he's FROM Chicago?! Brothers & Sisters, it dont get any more obvious than that!

Sent by Yemi K. | 7:52 PM | 4-12-2008

My vote is for Harry Lennix! I was hoping he would have suggested him on air, but they pitched Will Smith instead.

Sent by Elton | 5:19 PM | 4-19-2008

Annette Benning is a possible choice for Hillary.

Sent by Barb | 2:14 PM | 4-30-2008

Lets be clear, ears and popularity should not be criteria for an acting role in a film about the Obamas.
The actor who played White House Chief of Staff for the female President, in the brief TV series, Commander and Chief, is the right guy. This actor, whose name I cannot recall, is the person to play Obama. This actor also played the role of "Dresser", in the movie, Five Hearbeats. Just found it,
Harry J. Lennix is his name. He should play opposite the best possible Michelle Obama's character portrayed by none other than the person you guys got right, Ms. Regina King. Oh yeah, Steve Martin as John Mc Cain.

Sent by Kojo Jones | 11:27 PM | 6-30-2008

Definitely, Harry J. Lennix as Obama. He actually looks like him and is an excellent actor - better than Will Smith!

Sent by jackie | 1:01 AM | 7-22-2008

Joe Morton is a bit old but imo looks slightly more like Obama.

Aisha Tyler is perfect for Michelle Obama.

Sharon Stone looks like Hillary Clinton.

Sent by hold it | 5:41 AM | 9-9-2008

Harry J Lennix - Barack Obama
Sharon Stone - Hillary Clinton
Taraji P. Henson (Shug from Hustle and flow), Kimberly Elise, or Jill Jones, or Regina King - Michelle Obama

Sent by The One of Many | 4:28 PM | 9-9-2008