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Barack Obama Turned Down Cameo in Netflix’s ‘3 Body Problem’ Series | Watch Trailer

Barack Obama - via the White House
Barack Obama – via the White House

*Barack Obama turned down a cameo role in “3 Body Problem,” a new Netflix sci-fi developed by the creators of “Game of Thrones.”

Here’s how Netflix describes the series: “Over the course of eight episodes, 3 Body Problem immerses audiences in mysteries and earth-shattering discoveries, before potentially catastrophic consequences come to life as we know it. As you prepare to embark on this mind-boggling journey spanning continents and timelines — from the 1960s Cultural Revolution in China to the present-day streets of Oxford, England, and the United Nations in New York.”

Barack reportedly turned down the opportunity to appear in the show, says executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

“(Obama) did sign a very funny note though, when we tried to get him for a cameo,” Benioff told USA TODAY. “It was to the effect of, ‘In case there ever is a real alien invasion, I think I should probably save myself for that crisis.'”

“He wants to keep his powder dry in case there’s a real thing,” added Weiss.

“3 Body Problem” is based on the internationally celebrated trilogy by Chinese author Cixin Liu, which chronicles humanity’s greatest threat to date, per Netflix.

“We like the same things about the books that so many other fans do,” Weiss told the streamer. “We’re doing everything in our power to bring this story to life in the best, most impactful way possible. But reading the books is not a prerequisite for understanding or enjoying the show.”

Series co-creator Alexander Woo said, “Having it rooted in a period of Chinese history was also really exciting.”

Benioff added, “We have a tremendous love and respect for the books. You can’t devote every waking moment of your life for years on end to adapt a piece of work that you don’t love,” he said. “So it’s very important to us that the show stand on its own two legs and work for people who have read the books — and for people who haven’t read the books.”

The epic drama is coming to Netflix on March 21.

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