Fenil and Bollywood

Meet Christopher ‘Obama’ Duncan

Posted on: January 17, 2010

By TUSHAR JOSHI (Mid-Day; January 8, 2010)

Hollywood actor plays the American President in My Name is Khan

He’s a known face in Hollywood and famous for being a US President Barack Obama’s impressario. Now, Christopher B Duncan who plays the part is making his debut in Bollywood as well. The actor will be seen in Karan Johar’s My Name is Khan in the role of Obama. Duncan has done several appearances as Obama on variety shows on US television.

A source reveals, “They didn’t want to mix footage of the real Obama in the film. Hence they were searching for an actor who comes close to him. After doing several auditions they found Duncan through a Hollywood agent. He’s excellent at mimicking Obama and can easily pass off as the President.”

In the past, another Hollywood film Forrest Gump had a scene with the protagonist Tom Hanks interacting with the US President Nixon. But they superimposed actual footage of Nixon in the frame with Hanks. However, in Khan which tells the story of Rizwan Khan setting on a journey to meet Obama, you won’t see any special effects but a double playing the part.

Duncan has many TV shows to his credit, namely the Tonight Show with Jay Leno where he impersonated Obama. Apart from that, he’s also appeared on other shows like Bones, 24, CSI: Miami, The Practice.


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