O-T Fagbenle has a message to former president Barack Obama, whom he portrays within the upcoming Showtime collection “First Girl,” set to premiere April 17: “Barack, name me.”
Fagbenle mentioned his upcoming flip because the forty fourth president, alongside Viola Davis’ Michelle Obama, on the premiere of Apple TV Plus’s “WeCrashed” on Thursday on the Academy Museum. However did he attempt to contact President Obama to arrange for his function?
“I did attempt to get involved with him, after all!,” Fagbenle mentioned. “That is what occurred: Viola is aware of Michelle, and Viola had been chatting to Michelle, so I used to be like, ‘Yo, ViVi, yo, assist me out, bro, you bought a hook up!’ So she put me involved with the non-public assistant of the president, and I’m like, I’m in. Yo, me and B are gonna play a little bit of golf collectively.”
However as soon as it got here down to truly corresponding with the previous president, Fagbenle’s pleasure was barely dimmed. He continued, “I mentioned, ‘Look I’m filming in three months, can we chat?’ And I bought a message again saying — pretty message — ‘Barack would like to, however he’s booked up.’ He’s booked up for 3 months? Simply say you don’t wanna see me, bro. Simply say you don’t need to see me.”
The Emmy-nominated British actor additionally spoke about embodying the president, whom Fagbenle mentioned he “actually, actually studied” as a way to play the very well-known determine.
“If you happen to’re enjoying Lincoln, nobody is aware of what Lincoln was like. However even when you’re enjoying Nixon, how many individuals can actually acknowledge that Nixon hand motion?,” Fagbenle mentioned. “However Barack Obama got here alive in the course of the social media motion, he’s some of the recognizable folks, so [the challenge was] discovering a method of enjoying a personality, discovering a personality and never doing an imitation, however on the similar time doing sufficient that individuals aren’t like, ‘Who the hell’s that man enjoying?’”
He continued, “It was very onerous… Enjoying him over the span of 15 years is a problem, as effectively, but it surely was an attractive problem.”
Fagbenle wore prosthetics to seize Obama’s signature ears: “They gave me prosthetics that have been his measurement, however they regarded too large on my head so they really needed to give me smaller ears than he has to make it look life like.”