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Whitaker wouldn't play Obama

Forest Whitaker supports the President, but wouldn't play him in a film.

The 52-year-old actor previously played Uganda's tyrant President Idi Amin in an Oscar-winning performance for 2006's The Last King of Scotland.

However, he believes there are people better suited to taking on the role of Barack.

Despite his lack of desire to play the head of the United States, Forest is a big supporter of the current government and even serves on the arts and humanities committee

"I was asked if I would play him in My Name is Khan. 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. Will Smith; I think he would be really interesting," Forest said diplomatically to British newspaper The Independent

"I support the President. I think the landscape of the country is so vast; there are so many areas to deal with."

Currently starring in The Butler, a story about one butler's career serving eight presidents and the obstacles he faces due to the colour of his skin, Forest admits getting the staff at the White House to talk was no easy task.

Describing its employees as a "secretive society", Forest was still able to get some information out of those on the White House payroll.

"It's very difficult when you're dealing with butler staff, because they are the ones who have the most intimate knowledge of what is going on. They are really a secretive society.

"They know what's going on better than any of the secretaries. They would know if the President spanked his kids or not. I was able to get some people to help me out and talk to me," he said.

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