It was recently revealed that former President Barack Obama declined a cameo in the upcoming sci-fi series, 3 Body Problem, created by the masterminds behind Game of Thrones. Despite being fans of Obama, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were unsuccessful in persuading him to make an appearance on the show. However, Obama softened the blow with a touch of humor by jokingly stating that he is holding out for a real alien invasion. Benioff mentioned that Obama’s response was along the lines of wanting to save himself for a potential actual crisis involving extraterrestrial beings.

It is no secret that Barack Obama has a keen interest in science fiction, particularly the source material for 3 Body Problem, the novel by Liu Cixin. In fact, Obama has openly expressed his admiration for the book, claiming that it helped him find solace during his time in office as President of the United States. The idea of an impending alien invasion served as a distraction from the everyday stresses of running a country.

Obama’s fascination with aliens is not a recent development. In 2021, he shared that he once inquired about the existence of a secret alien laboratory holding extraterrestrial specimens after his first election win. Despite not finding any evidence of such a facility, Obama continued to harbor a curiosity about the unknown. His interest in the supernatural extends to his affinity for Game of Thrones, a show he enjoyed watching and even leveraged his presidential powers to obtain advanced screenings.

Barack and Michelle Obama have ventured into the realm of entertainment through their partnership with Netflix. Their production company recently released the apocalyptic film, Leave the World Behind, starring Julia Roberts. Additionally, the Obamas have a hand in the upcoming series, 3 Body Problem, set to premiere on Netflix on March 21. The show is part of a sizable production deal with the streaming platform, spearheaded by Benioff and Weiss alongside Alexander Woo.

In addition to 3 Body Problem, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working on a new project called Death by Lightning, a drama centered around the 20th US president, James Garfield, and his assassin, Charles Guiteau. The duo’s continued success in the entertainment industry showcases their ability to captivate audiences with intriguing narratives across different genres. Despite Obama’s pass on a cameo, the anticipation for 3 Body Problem remains high due to its impressive creative team and source material.


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