Joey Bada$$ could have played Barack Obama's best friend in upcoming movie
Here’s what got in the way.
We know Joey Bada$$ best for rapping, but the lyricist is expanding his resume and dipping into the acting industry, too.
Having recently landed a role on season 2 of USA’s dystopian thriller Mr. Robot, Joey talked to Rolling Stone about yet another prime character he was set to play, but missed out on.
The rapper was supposed to portray the best friend of our President Barack Obama in an upcoming independent film titled Barry. (This is a different movie than “Southside With You” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and re-creates the 1989 first date between POTUS and Michelle.)
Joey told RS, “I actually was casted for this film titled Barry, which is about the early life of Barack Obama. But I couldn’t do it because I had to do Coachella. The week that they wanted to shoot was the week that I had to play Coachella. So I missed out on the Obama movie for Coachella. That’s one hell of a story to tell. You’re the first person I’ve ever told that to in a public space…. I was supposed to be his best friend. I was the guy who was supposed to show him the projects, and show him how black people was living in America at the time.”
Barry, which follows President Obama as a college student in New York City, has already enlisted “Straight Outta Compton’s” Jason Mitchell (he played Eazy-E). Actor Devon Terrell, who was discovered by “12 Years a Slave” director/producer Steve McQueen, will play the President.