Actor Chris Rock hopes his comic portrayal as America's President in new movie Head Of State won't put people off electing a black leader for real.

The DOGMA star plays the White House's first ever black president in the comedy - which hits cinemas in the US today (28MAR03).

But Rock insists, "I hope they don't go, 'Hey, Chris Rock is acting like a fool in that movie, we can't elect COLIN POWELL.'"

He is, however, confident America will won day elect a minority leader.

Rock adds, "I thinks eventually a black president - one from Puerto Rico, a Mexican president, a midget - will be in the White House."