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"Luther" Season 2 Debuts Tonight + Idris: "I didn't come to America to play 'black roles...'"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 28, 2011 at 4:26AM

Tonight's the night! The second season of Luther, the critically acclaimed psychological crime drama starring one Idris Elba, premieres at 10PM, on BBC America for stateside audiences, when its new so-called Dramaville hour, to be hosted by Idris, debuts.
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Tonight's the night! The second season of Luther, the critically acclaimed psychological crime drama starring one Idris Elba, premieres at 10PM, on BBC America for stateside audiences, when its new so-called Dramaville hour, to be hosted by Idris, debuts.

Oh, and by the way, a 3rd season of Luther has been ordered, if you haven't already heard.

Season 2 reportedly outperformed season 1 (in the UK, where it aired earlier this year), attracting over 5 million viewers, and was well received by critics.

And in anticipation of tonight's debut, earlier today, NPR interviewed Idris, not only about the series, but they also spoke The Wire (specifically how he got the role, taking advice from his agent), Idris' dream role (Nelson Mandela, which surprised me), and the rumors that he might one day play James Bond ("I'd do it, but I don't want to be called the black James Bond").

He also kind of addressed something that's frequently debated around here, also known as "the burden of representation," stating, "I didn't come to America to play "black roles," I came to play roles."

Listen to the full interview below:

Idris Elba: The Man Who Is Luther, Was Stringer, And Could Be James Bond by user3816174

Here's the Dramaville Luther launch trailer:

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