If all authors are to be blindly believed, then wave goodbye to the chance of having British actor Idris Elba (Luther) as the next 007’s James Bond. Why? Well the author of 007 has said that the 43-year-old is “too street” and is not “suave” enough for the iconic role.
Now we all know what happens when outrageous statements are made by famous people in the era we are living in – Twitter will go wild. And wild it went, as users across the world were baffled by Anthony Horowitz’s statements.
People have accused Horowitz of racism after his comments. However Horowitz, whose first Bond novel, Trigger Mortis, is published this month, insisted that “it is not a colour issue”.
The author told the Daily Mail: “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too “street” for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah”.
People have been unconvinced about what it is that makes Idris Elba more “street” and “rough” than other Bond actors, and also have pointed out that he is an actor, so different roles require different personalities.
Former N-Dubz front-man Dapper Laughs said, “Just read @idriselba is “Too street” to play bond??? He changes the way he personifies himself according to each role. It’s called acting!?!”
“Saying Idris Elba is ‘too street’ is not just offensive but cowardly. Racists, be open so we can boycott your work/banish you from society”, @MazHalima tweeted.
@Ephemeragrrl also wrote, “So Anthony Horowitz thinks Idris Elba is too “street” to play Bond. I see your coded racism & I’m calling it”.
Whilst others may have managed to stay calm, @megsiobhan slammed Horowitz saying, “Sorry, what? Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play Bond? Are you kidding me? HAVE YOU SEEN THAT MAN IN A SUIT? HAVE YOU SEEN THAT MAN?”
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