Drake Wants To Play Obama Onscreen

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July 20, 2010 | 5:55pm EST

Rapper Drake is eager to return to his acting roots to play U.S. president Barack Obama on the big screen.

The Best I Ever Had hitmaker rose to fame as a teen star in his native Canada on the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation before taking the hip-hop industry by storm last year.

But Drake admits he’s keeping an eye on potential acting projects documenting the life of America’s first black president – because he’s been studying Obama’s behavior and speech patterns from the news.

He tells Paper magazine, “I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal… Anytime I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel, I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice.”