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In an interview with The Independent, Forest Whitaker said that he was once offered the chance to play Barack Obama on film, but turned down the opportunity.

“I was asked if I would play President Obama in ‘My Name is Khan,'” Whitaker told the publication. “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.”

The 2010 film would eventually cast Christopher B. Duncan in the role of President Obama. (For his part, Whitaker was hoping Will Smith would play the part.) Duncan, whose most famous role was that of Clarence Wiedman on the television series “Veronica Mars,” has impersonated Obama before, including for Jay Leno. (Video of Duncan’s Obama impression is below.)

Despite the missed opportunity, a connection between Whitaker and Obama still exists. The actor starred in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a film that President Obama said made him cry.

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