David Yi
June 12, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Denzel Washington has successfully transformed into many memorable characters over theyears with his portrayals of Malcolm X, Coach Herman Boone (Remember theTitans), John Quincy Archibald (John Q), and even Humpty Dumpty (Mother Goose: A Rappin’ and Rhymin’ Special). So who’s left for the star of the summer blockbuster Taking of Pelham 123 to play? How about the president?

On Letterman this week, the 54-year-old actor was asked about the rumor that President Obama had said he’d be a good choice to play him on film. And how did the Oscar winner respond? He simply stuck both his ears out with his fingers.

“Now I’m in trouble with the president,” he said. “The only reason I did that was because he said maybe Will [Smith], ’cause Will’s ears were bigger and closer to his.”While we don’t know how well either Denzel or Will would do in accurately nailing Obama’s nuances and voice intonation, we do know of one actor who even the president wouldn’t approve of: Fred Armisen. If you, fellow PopWatchers, had the diplomatic task of casting the perfect Obama for a future biopic, who would get your vote?

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