Transcript for Keegan-Michael Key on meeting Michelle and Barack Obama
key. I heard -- all funny aside. You visited students in your hometown of Detroit with first lady Michelle Obama. Yes. Yes. Yes. I have to ask you as a filmed impersonator, you do voices so well. Did you just pretend you were president Obama the whole time? It's interesting. I didn't pretend the whole time, but when I -- The whole time. Not the whole time. Just like Ethan, all the time. When I'm with her, when I have been with her in the past, when I tell her stories I'm just a very gregarious and animated person so when I tell stories I have to play all the characters. You know when you're tell a story and you're, like, and my mom was, like -- and my brother was, like -- so I do Obama and then when we were at the ball and I saw him at the ball and he was, like, there he is. Key, how you doing? And she did a -- I told her a story one time. I even said to her -- the first time I ever met her was at the correspondents' dinner in 2015 I think, and he came around the corner and he was, like, Michelle. Michelle, here he is. Come here. I want you to meet -- I want you to meet key. You know what I mean? If you do it to him, there's a critique. He is sitting there listening to me while I'm impersonating him to him and he goes, the register is a little high. She just, like, she just takes it in stride and she is listening and very kind and listening. Sounds a little bit like my husband. Keep going. Keep going. You have so many big projects coming up in 2019. One I'm really excited about "The lion king." My favorite kids movie of all-time. Yeah. Yeah. So what was it like to be apart of that? It's humbling. I mean, it's -- you're just earth-shatteringly honored to be apart of what is a true American classic. "Lion king" is in the same echelon as things like "Mary Poppins" or "Swiss family Robinson," these movies that you remember as a child and that falls into the pantheon of those films and I just got chills. I just got chills right there, and again, another amazing cast. The fact that James Earl Jones is playing mustafa again, amazing. And Donald glover is simba. Maybe his voice will drop. Probably simba. She said that because my whole thing -- that's my favorite animated movie of all-time is that when simba came back from being away and when he ran away, come back and it wasn't like he came back, like, mom, it's me, simba. He came back as, mother, it's me, simba. I thought he went away to kind of toughen up. He didn't get toughed up. That's very good. That's very good. That's a good point. I'm going to talk to Favreau about that. Talk to him about that. Beyonce. Beyonce Knowles plays nala. The known musical artist. The real plucky up and comer, and so it's just really a fantastic thing to be apart -- and Jon Favreau's vision for it is inspiring and innovative and it's one of the things you don't think you can improve upon and I believe it's an improvement. It's going to be amazing. It was insane. "Jungle book," to watch that photorealistic -- there were renderings of the set and a friend of mine came and her boyfriend was looking at the set and he saw a lion and a warthog and a meerkat laying in a tree together taking a nap and the photo they had made looked so real that the boyfriend was looking at the picture and he went, that's not possible. Oh, it's a picture. He was, like, do they chill like that? Wouldn't a lion eat a meerkat? Seems very strange. These animals would not be compatible. He thought it was a photograph. He thought it was an actual photograph. It looked to real. You're also in "Dolemite is my name." Yes. "Dolemite is my name." You're with Eddie Murphy, Wesley snipes, Craig Robinson. That's my cast. Who makes everybody laugh the most? It's always going to be Craig Robinson. He comes in and just starts going for it and Eddie is royalty. Comedy royalty, but Craig and I had a game where we had our own show during the show. So we were making the movie and because it's a '70s period movie and I have this big handlebar mustache and huge afro and collar and everything like that, we said, let's do our own show and one day, Craig walks up to me and he goes, Williams, get in my office! I said, what are you talking about? He said, you look like a cop, but from 1974. I said, and I am. I'm detective Tom Williams and the Akron police department. You know, we have got to take care of that firework syndicate. I have got to get rid of those firecrackers. Taking on the petty crimes and we would walk around the set and pretend that the movie was an undercover operation. I used to do a little bit of thespian work in my day. Lieutenant, and he was, like, just keep it under wraps, Williams. You know, I'm undercover right now. Be quiet, Williams. Get in my office. We did our own show and we were, like, we should have somebody taping us while we're taping the movie. This is what you get when you unleash an improv actor. Exactly. The great thing is this is what we're going to get in the future when we watch it. We love it, man.
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