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Robert Downey Jr. to Play Obama in Biopic

By Bill Matthews


Downey Jr. (right and in Tropic Thunder, left) has cornered the market on lead roles for black men.

(BROOKLYN) Fresh off an Oscar nomination for his comedic turn as a white man wearing black face in Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey Jr. will again cross racial barriers—sort of—when he portrays Barack Obama in a star-studded movie.

“Playing the president is a challenge, but I know I can pull it off, especially if I can master that cool stride he has,” Downey told The Peoples News while on the Brookyn set of his next film, Sherlock Holmes, where he actually plays a white man who doesn’t wear brown makeup.

The Obama biopic is an adaptation of the president’s 1995 bestseller, Dreams of My Father. Ron Howard is directing and Gabrielle Union has signed to star as Michelle Obama.

Howard originally wanted Angela Bassett to play Michelle Obama. But when Bassett told him she was going to portray the First Lady in her usual way—as a downtrodden soul who has “been done wrong” by some man—the director looked elsewhere.

Union was excited to be his second choice.

“I’ve always wanted to pretend that I was married to the president,” she said.

Howard was torn casting Downey. Since Obama has a mixed heritage—his father was a black Kenyan and his mother was a white American—Howard knew he was going to upset someone no matter who he chose.

“When I announced that Sam Jackson was going to play Obama, the National Association for the Advancement of Mulattos really tore me a new one,” Howard said. “After he dropped out, I looked hard for someone of mixed race, but let’s face it: Shemar Moore can’t act.”

Hollywood has a history of being unconcerned with skin color when casting African American roles—witness the brown-skinned Diana Ross and Cicely Tyson playing the light-skinned Billie Holiday and Coretta Scott King, respectively. And Angelina Jolie, who is white, played a woman of mixed race, Mariane Pearl, in A Mighty Heart.

Downey’s complexion, however, isn’t that far from Obama’s.

“Honestly,” says Howard, “after Tropic Thunder, when you think of African American men, you think Robert Downey Jr.”

Note: This article is satire, brought to you by the creative minds at The Peoples News.

© 2009 The Peoples News

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8 thoughts on “Robert Downey Jr. to Play Obama in Biopic

  1. “When you think of African American men, you think Robert Downey Jr.”


    Posted by Uninspired Muse | January 27, 2009, 5:52 am
  2. This makes total sense. He was so convincing in Tropic Thunder. Robert Downey, Jr., knows no boundaries!

    Posted by LaBoss | January 27, 2009, 11:06 am
  3. Hey, NAAM, how about plugging Boris Kodjoe? I believe he’s ready for such a high-profile role.

    Posted by Leroy | January 28, 2009, 9:38 am
  4. I am just curious to see if Obama can play himself the next four years….and who that self might be, stay tuned.

    Posted by Michael Cahill | January 28, 2009, 3:27 pm
  5. Ron Howard and RDJ are genius. And I love Gabrielle Union!

    Posted by Daymon The Basketeere | February 1, 2009, 5:51 am
  6. This junkie is just another low life taking work from a real black actor. For all of you black people that think he’s so good at playing a black man, keep it up and that’s all you will be seeing. Why am I not supraised? Most of you call racist Bill Clinton {and his racist wife Hillary} your first black President.

    Posted by BETTYEJ | February 3, 2009, 2:34 pm
  7. Ron Howard, you need to get real. You are nothing but a loser who is a racist and using this piece of crap to play our Ptrsident only prove it. Opie, grow up! I take the role of Sherlock Holmes seriously, and the only thing Downey has in common with the character is the fact they were both junkies.

    I am sick of all the movies being made trying to make believe that these character you guys call actors can act their way out of a paper bag.

    Posted by BETTYEJ | February 3, 2009, 2:47 pm
  8. I can’t believe some of you dudes think this is real.


    Posted by The Dude | June 4, 2009, 10:27 pm

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