UK's Guardian Doesn't Think Idris Elba Has Done Anything To Earn "Django Unchained" Lead

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 7, 2011 6:43 AM
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"Love him or loathe him, Quentin Tarantino has always been able to cherry pick his actors, and it looks like his forthcoming Django Unchained project may be his most tantalising so far. Until recently there were suggestions that Will Smith was lined up to play the lead role of Django, an escaped slave who learns to become a contract killer and heads home to his old plantation to free his wife in the film's 19th-century deep south setting. The latest rumour is that The Wire's Idris Elba may play the part. Quite what Elba has done to deserve such elevation in a movie career that includes Fatal Attraction rip-off Obsessed and cheap supernatural thriller The Unborn is anyone's guess..."

My thoughts on the Django Unchained script aside, and how much of an "elevation" to his career the Django role would be... Of course that last sentence is what got my attention, lifted from an article on the UK's Guardian website.

A dig there are Mr Elba from his fellow Brits? Maybe our UK readers can chime in on this... thanks Emmanuel for the heads-up.

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41 Comments

  • Dankwa Brooks | June 10, 2011 12:24 PMReply

    @CareyCarey While I love the Oscars I’m one of the 1st to admit that sometimes they are a popularity contest. What Jamie Foxx did in Ray was mimicry NOT acting. I think Jay Pharaoh does GREAT Jay-Z and Denzel Washington impersonations, but I wouldn’t call it acting. Not even “wouldn’t call it”, I can’t, I shant!


    Morgan Freeman was good in Million Dollar Baby, but was far better Shawshank Redemption and Unforgiven. I think he got the Oscar for his cumulative work. Much like Pacino for Scent of a Woman and Scorsese for The Departed. Also Freeman won the Oscar for playing another perennial Supporting Actor. NOT lead actor.

  • Dankwa Brooks | June 10, 2011 4:54 AMReply

    @CareyCarey
    “Now Dankwa, it’s my opinion that however an actor reaches his goal of perfecting the art of acting, using all the techniques at his disposal, some may say he or she is mimmicking the style of another actor, or using the Stanislavsky’s method, Meisner method, or Brecht’s and Artaud’s techniques, nevertheless they’re are acting, and thus they are actors”

    I totally get that. I just think it was anything remarkable enough to attain Best Actor and perhaps because I never cared for the film ‘Ray’ anyway aided that. I DO think Jamie is real talented, but I’ve seen him give a lot of scenery chewing and or bad performances (he Tookie Williams Story) to think he is Leading Man material. I went to see ‘Law Abiding Citizen’, opening weekend because it had a black director (F. Gary Gray) not really because of him and I was under whelmed by the whole picture and he as the Lead. Concurrently I thought the direction of ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ was really good. The best performance I’ve seen Jamie give was ‘Collateral’ which he was also nominated for an Oscar for that same year and to me the one he should have one. I lost my ballot that year.

    Of the many impression he does, I ONLY mention those two because I think those are the ones that Jay Pharaoh nails.

    “the actor has to carry that role throughout an entire movie, not a 30 second sound bite. They have to walk and talk and interact with other actors thoughout an entire movie, and that’s not for the weak of heart nor any ol’ rowdy poot actor. ”
    I also agree that that is also a good point. The sustainability of the “mimicry”

    As far a Morgan Freeman, ‘Lean on Me’ is the only picture I can remember him being Lead that was meaningful. Yeah those Alex Cross movies were cool, but the one I saw was just okie doke.

    Even Eddie Murphy can be a lead over those guys, maybe not in a drama, but comedy is harder than drama anyway.

  • CareyCarey | June 10, 2011 2:41 AMReply

    @ Dankwa, I would tend to disagree, for several reasons. The whole art of acting is a form of mimicry, is it not? Surely it is, listen to this... acting: “the representation of a usually fictional character on stage or in films. At its highest levels of accomplishment acting involves the employment of technique and/or an imaginative identification with the character on the part of the actor. In this way the full emotional weight of situations on stage be communicated to the audience. The actor must be a sharp observer of life and thoroughly trained in voice projection and enunciation and in body movement”

    Now Dankwa, it’s my opinion that however an actor reaches his goal of perfecting the art of acting, using all the techniques at his disposal, some may say he or she is mimmicking the style of another actor, or using the Stanislavsky's method, Meisner method, or Brecht’s and Artaud’s techniques, nevertheless they’re are acting, and thus they are actors. And the product of their performance should be evaluated on how well they project the character(s) they are portraying, not what “technique” they used. To say Jamie Fox was not acting, and is not an actor, is simply not true, by any standard and/or definition of “an actor”.

    " I think Jay Pharaoh does GREAT Jay-Z and Denzel Washington impersonations, but I wouldn’t call it acting. Not even “wouldn’t call it”, I can’t, I shant!"

    First, Jay Pharaoh is no Jamie Fox, and I don't believe his impersonations are all that great. Yet, again, you seem to be misinterpreting the word "acting", or at the very least, you're qualifying what you believe to be a certain style/form of acting, to fit your position. But since you used Pharaoh as an example to support your opinion (as if comparing him to Jamie Fox) in a way to disqualify Jamie’s performance, one could impersonate another, but in a great performance, an Oscar worthy performance, the actor has to carry that role throughout an entire movie, not a 30 second sound bite. They have to walk and talk and interact with other actors thoughout an entire movie, and that’s not for the weak of heart nor any ol’ rowdy poot actor.

    Morgan Freeman’s body of work speaks for itself. He has been in MANY leading roles which found the movies (he was in) making decent money. I don’t know who would say he was NOT a leading man?

  • Xi | June 9, 2011 11:20 AMReply

    I think the Journalist answers his own question in the very first line:

    "Quentin Tarantino has always been able to cherry pick his actors..."

    This is not about whether or not Elba is deserving; it's about who the director wants for the part. Tarantino obviously has something up his sleeve for Elba that someone like Don Cheadle would not be able to give him.

  • Dankwa Brooks | June 9, 2011 10:36 AMReply

    Well I just finished watching Luther Season 1 and I have to wholeheartedly disagree with anyone who think that Idris Elba is not a good actor. I thought his performance was FANTASTIC and far better than what he did in The Wire where I also loved his performance. To qualify I have my BS degree in film (as a director) and I have been studying actors performances since about 1999.

    A lot of actors (male and female. I call all actors ACTORS regardless of gender) can carry a scene and are good, but not all have Leading Character PRESENCE. I first saw Cool Hand Luke about 3 years ago and WOW was Paul Newman magnetic onscreen.You just can't manufacture that kind of presence, it has to be innate. I said this here before, black actors like Jamie Foxx, Martin Lawrence and Morgan Freeman just AREN'T Leading Men. There is also a difference between Leading Character-TV and Leading Character-Film. I think given the opportunity Idris can attain BOTH.

  • marcus_lepidus | June 9, 2011 7:15 AMReply

    What has Idris Elba done? Just be 10x the actor that Will Smith is.

  • Jay | June 9, 2011 2:06 AMReply

    It's the British press — not surprised. Celebrity is something to be criticized in their opinion, so they do it often with many actors.

    Ridiculous. Anyone with eyes can see a sterling talent like Mr. Elba will get many more choice roles. Why? Because of talent.

    Let's not forget that Tarantino had a strong cult following when Reservoir Dogs hit the UK. Back in '92 he was like a jazz musician finding favour in Europe while being ignored in the US.

  • CareyCarey | June 9, 2011 1:54 AMReply

    I can't hold this back...

    BS degree in film (as a director) SQUASHED like a bug. It lays flat and moot after being trampled under the foot of the following...

    "I first saw Cool Hand Luke about 3 years ago and WOW was Paul Newman magnetic onscreen.You just can’t manufacture that kind of presence, it has to be innate. I said this here before, black actors like Jamie Foxx, Martin Lawrence and Morgan Freeman just AREN’T Leading Men"

    WHAT?! 2 Oscars and over a billion dollars in revenue blows that statement/opinion to smithereens!!!

    And who said Idris couldn't act? And, "3 years ago" first time?

  • AccidentalVisitor | June 8, 2011 12:30 PMReply

    It should be pointed out that the British press is notorious for attacking its own. Brit celebs who start making it big overseas in America are bound to get slapped around some by the British media. It is a right of passage and it truly never completely ends.

    With that said the Guardian is not taking into consideration the lack of substantial roles offered to blacks in comparison to their white counterparts. On the other hand Elba deserves a bit of the "wait and see" approach because he constantly finds a way to take crappy roles in even crappier films. Even with limited options at his disposal he could still say no from time to time.

  • CareyCarey | June 8, 2011 11:51 AMReply

    Well, I'm kind of late on this. Okay, not really late, I was waiting to see how this flowed and I am not surprised.

    I mean, without reading the comments I knew there would be much disdain over the article and many would be praising Elba. So I went out to the salvation army and bought a cheap raincoat and some cheap soap. I got prepared for the eggs and rotten tomatoes that might be thrown my way. Then I started reading the comments... yep, I was correct, a whole lot of crying going on up in here.

    Now, I ain’t scared but I lowered my head and preceded to walk through the comments. The usual suspects were in the house and I knew not to mess with some of them, and then I noticed one of my old nemesis, DARKAN. Well hell, I knew I could possible stop by his spot and get an open and honest debate. But low and behold, we were on the same page. Yep, Elba is not all that.

    Seriously, I’ve said this before, if a person stops 5 black faces and asks them who is Idris Elba, 4.5 of them are going to look at you with a blank stare. Some are going to say he's the leader of that Swedish pop group, ABBA. But hold up, lets be honest, his range is limited and his past performances (the bad ones) cannot be taken lightly. Hey, the man is no Jeffrey Wright (nowhere near), Don Cheadle, Denzel, Wendell Pierce, Harry Lennix, Will Smith,and to a large degree, he’d have to carry Clifton Powell’s jock strap. Come on y’all... Luther and the Wire? HIs character/persona in those productions, was the same guy in American Gangster. Don’t get me wrong, the man has potential, but nawl... he should not get a pass because some of Y’all believe he’s cool.

    Shiiiit, I’d run out and get Jamie Fox, before I considered Idris. Plus, if movies are about making money, which for the most part they are, Idris will not have people running to the turnstiles..

    Y'all got me SMDH, while giving Darkan a chest bump.

  • misha | June 8, 2011 10:11 AMReply

    @CareyCarey HA! I just may join in. ;)

  • Masha Dowell | June 8, 2011 7:53 AMReply

    Luther did it for me. Idris has role.

  • Jug | June 8, 2011 7:46 AMReply

    And on a semi-related note, this is what "deserving" actually means when talking about the inner-workings of Hollywood

    LOL Even JJ got folks lookin' sideways

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/super-8-whats-at-stake-196287

  • CareyCarey | June 8, 2011 7:33 AMReply

    "LOL That’s your point, CareyCarey? Oh, ok. :D"

    Well, sort of. *LOL*

    Dang, you won't let a brotha get away with anything.

    But I'll tell you what, I don't know if you've ever shown up in the chat room during S & A's BlogRadio show, but if you come tonight, I might show up and we can continue the discussion with the rest of the cast. I am pretty sure it might hit the floor.

    Wait a minute, let me take a look... *punching S & A on my desktop* ....

    Here it is, HOT TOPICS:

    Black characters in the X Men and Super 8 films
    Winnie Mandela on Jennifer Hudson and the “biopic”
    Nick Cannon stepping up as a producer
    50 Cent as Luke Cage…thoughts?

    Damn, I guess they're tired tired tired of talking about Luther, Quintin and some guy unchained.

    But hey, black characters in the X men thang was a good topic. Surely we can bump heads about that?

    Yeeeeaaaah, now I'm thinking, which way will I go, uuuuummmmmm?

  • misha | June 8, 2011 6:42 AMReply

    LOL That's your point, CareyCarey? Oh, ok. :D

  • CareyCarey | June 8, 2011 6:09 AMReply

    Thanks jug, I was hoping someone understood my point of view.

    "like his total visibility, and that’s where names like Foxx & Tucker get thrown in. If it we were going strictly with that’s written, the part is more Mackie or Dorrian Missick than anything. But how often is the role cast EXACTLY as written…Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter maybe. Everything else is “how many of our positive checkboxes can we fill…‘name recognition’, ‘sex appeal’, ‘agency representation’, ‘demeanor’, ‘publicity skills’ blah blah blah….oh almost forgot ‘talent’ “. Notice the last thing on the list being talent?"


    And I also understand and feel the following...

    "I think the issue is the use of the word “deserving” in the first place. It’s definition & the tone the writer used screams some sort of doggy treat, master/dependant, parental attitude “Was Idris a good puppy today, yeeees youuu werrrre!”

    Man, on a side note, when you write "dialog" in your comments, I can actually visualize you saying the words. Your setup leads right into the natural flow of the voice, i.e., ..... sort of doggy treat, master/dependant, parental attitude “Was Idris a good puppy today, yeeees youuu werrrre!”

    I saw the person bending down patting him on the head, and talking in a sort of "baby talk"... "coochie coochie coo, isn't he so cute"

  • misha | June 8, 2011 5:10 AMReply

    @CareyCarey, You are missing the point. I can't possibly answer the question of why is Idris "deserving" when I don't even think it's a valid question to begin with. Again, the most relevant question to this discussion is whether or not he's the right actor for this particular role. We can debate that. But engaging in a general discussion about Idris' talent in relation to other black actors is irrelevant to this topic imo.

  • Jug | June 8, 2011 5:04 AMReply

    Incidentally, I'm reading DiCaprio is in early talks & other names for Django include Jamie Foxx & Chris Tucker. Crazy as they sound, there's a lightness of humor (buddy comedy style) to Django that doesn't seem to be Idris' style.

    But that article is pure bullshit. This biz is about getting hired cuz they want you, not a "rise up" by legacy or seniority. Have all of Idris' movies or performances been great? No, but you take what you can get & build & that's what he's done. Hell, if it was only about being worthy, Marky Mark would be burned at the stake.

    Fuck that dude at the Guardian.

  • Jug | June 8, 2011 4:45 AMReply

    I think the issue is the use of the word "deserving" in the first place. It's definition & the tone the writer used screams some sort of doggy treat, master/dependant, parental attitude "Was Idris a good puppy today, yeeees youuu werrrre!"

    I get debating the merit of someone's talent, or are they talented but right for the role, but screw that whole "are they deserving" crap. Well, that is unless there are other more qualified individuals with a deeper skill set. But then again, the argument comes back to SKILL.

    Can Idris act? Yes. Is he the most brilliant actor ever to walk the earth? He thinks so, as should ALL actors. But is he RIGHT for the part? No. Will he get thrown in the mix because he's got the most heat on him in Hollywood right now? Yes. But then you have other considerations, like his total visibility, and that's where names like Foxx & Tucker get thrown in. If it we were going strictly with that's written, the part is more Mackie or Dorrian Missick than anything. But how often is the role cast EXACTLY as written...Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter maybe. Everything else is "how many of our positive checkboxes can we fill...'name recognition', 'sex appeal', 'agency representation', 'demeanor', 'publicity skills' blah blah blah....oh almost forgot 'talent' ". Notice the last thing on the list being talent?

    Did anyone know who the eff Mackie was before SHE HATE ME? or KEISHA CASTLE-HUGHES before WHALE RIDER? Gabby Sidibe before PRECIOUS? Chris Pine before STAR TREK (well I actually saw BOTTLE SHOCK :-P) Were they "deserving" because they were good/bad people? Or did they get the part because they were "right"? (see BS criteria above)

    As written, it was an obvious dig-Dude just doesn't think Idris is good. That's cool. But I take issue with how it was written-which says to me more about the journalist than it does about Idris. Like Carey, I think I should be getting a shot at most of these roles because I'm trained, am a good person etc. But that ain't the score, now is it? LOL What Carey is saying about debating his MERIT as an ACTOR, not his WORTHINESS as a PERSON, which is what the writer seems to be going for using his filmography as a cover, is all good every day.

    The ideas are close, but not the same.

  • MulletLove | June 8, 2011 3:54 AMReply

    @Sandra's post: Bravo, high 5, tell da truth, etc., Spot on with your assesment of how black actors get questioned on their film choices and casting people/famous directors on why they choose the black actors they do (if that even happens). Usually I hear this kind of stuff about the likes of Halle Berry, so I'm a bit surprised that now the "prove your worth, black actor" weight has been shifted now to Idris Elba. How unfair is it, I ask you?

    Much as I adore him as both an actor and a nice piece of pale-tail, Michael Fassbender is blowing up all over the place, can get just about any role he wants (even ones that may not ascribe one iota to his ethnic/racial background, it would seem), but I know there are still loads of folks who still have never even heard of this brother before, and aren't hearing about him even now. However, to someone out there in the position to make it happen for him, HE has proven himself. I'm not sure why Idris can't be given the same respect and due. Cuz he's been out in the game long enough to have already proven his worth. Obviously, Taratino seems to think so. And in this case, isn't that all that matters?

  • CareyCarey | June 8, 2011 3:30 AMReply

    @ Misha, again I have to disagree (wholeheartedly)with your premise.

    You said: "compare him to other black actors when discussing whether he is “deserving” of the role in question. The latter would only be relevant if he was competing with those actors for this role and that isn’t the case (save Will Smith)"

    So wait a minute. is he or was he competing with every actor? Surely he was, and surely you jest, right?

    The part was not written for him, so I am suggesting the field was wide open. So, if I am the director, or you can be the director, wouldn't it behoove you to look around and see who's deserving of this role, based on their body of work? I'd say absolutely yes. And then I am thinking, who would be the best actor "based on their body of work (and this part) that could best pull this off.

    But listen, it's possible that you are twisting the word "deserving" to fit your argument. I mean, imo, I think I am "deserving" of the position of The President of The United States, but I am sure you will agree that many are going to ask questions like, why is he or why does he believe he's qualified to be the president.

    The question of rather or not Idris is qualified and/or deserving of this part is a very valid point of interest. Unless again, you're implying that every black man on the planet is deserving of being thrown a bone, regardless of their skill level, simply because they are an actor?

    I say, no no misha, you gotta come better than that. So my question to you (to clarify your point) why is Idris "deserving"? I mean, we're moving forward but it seems as if we have a little bump in the road.

  • illthoughts | June 8, 2011 3:13 AMReply

    You people talking about Idris needs to pick better roles are funny. You can only pick better roles if they're offered to you. He should've gotten the Alex Cross role but simple minded Hollywood picked Tyler Perry. If you're not Denzel or Will then you're not getting the best pick of the litter whereas white actors don't have that problem. Like someone said white Hollywood is always looking for the next Tom Cruise, the next Pitt, the next so and so but if you're black actor they'll stick with the knowns. People are crazy if they don't think Idris doesn't deserve to be a freaking slave in a not the greatest director ever movie.

  • misha | June 8, 2011 2:48 AMReply

    @CareyCarey No, the discussion for me is not about what the actor brings to the table but rather, why is that even the issue? Idris' body of work is hardly relevant to this particular discussion. Does he have the acting chops to convincingly play THIS role is far more relevant than whether or not he is "all that."

    One need not judge his entire body of work and certainly not compare him to other black actors when discussing whether he is "deserving" of the role in question. The latter would only be relevant if he was competing with those actors for this role and that isn't the case (save Will Smith).

  • CareyCarey | June 8, 2011 1:58 AMReply

    Hello MIsha, glad to meet you.

    You said: "CareyCarey, I don’t think the discussion is about whether Idris is “all that” or comparable to those other black actors you mentioned. The question is: since when does an actor have to be “deserving” of a role?"

    Okay, misha, I'll address that. By default, the discussion is about any and all actors being "deserving" of a role. How could it not be?

    I mean, is this a "black" issue, the talent of the actor's issue, or what? I am of the opinion that this issue is about what the actor is bringing to the table, which goes without saying they/he has to be compared to his contemporaries. So, although you believe it's not about Idris Abba, being all that, it most certainly is.

    If not, what's the beef about? Plug Humpty Dumpty in Elba's position and what would the conversation consist of?

  • misha | June 8, 2011 1:22 AMReply

    @sandra *claps* You said it all, girlfriend.

    @CareyCarey I don't think the discussion is about whether Idris is "all that" or comparable to those other black actors you mentioned. The question is: since when does an actor have to be "deserving" of a role?

  • sandra | June 7, 2011 12:49 PMReply

    TYPO- meant to write:

    A brother can't even aspire to play an ex-slave in peace!

  • sandra | June 7, 2011 12:46 PMReply

    SMDH!

    What has Idris done to deserve this potential role elevation? He can't be serious.

    I know that HOT scripts with buzz that specifically require a black actor are few and far between but that can't be a serious question. No way! Not when we have random soap stars from from UK, Australia, NZ landing lead roles in television AND film.

    When it comes to white actors, the rule is to find the next big thing, and the next and the next and the next.....
    Each year brings a fresh crop of white starlets and young leading men who are given chance after chance to build their careers.

    Sam Worthington (Australia) didn't have to PROVE HIMSELF to the point that Idris is being asked to prove himself to land back-to-back mega blockbuster LEADING roles in Avatar, Terminator, Clash of the Titans,...

    Who the hell was Mia Washikowska (Australia) to land the lead in Alice with Johnny Depp! Chris Hemsworth (Australia) - lead in Thor! Henry Cavill (UK) is the new Superman! Who the frock is he?

    The media ACCEPTS career-making roles for white actors, but black actors should aspire to crumbs.

    Why would a journalist waste his time with such article? As if the budget is going to be ground-breaking. It won't. It'a a movie starring a black lead. What does the journalist expect? Avatar-size budget?

    Hot damn! A brother can't even aspire to black an ex-slave in peace! Gotta prove yourself to the man.

    SMDH!

  • Tamara | June 7, 2011 12:38 PMReply

    within the quote he mentions two of Idris' films that were more mainstream...

    i didn't read the article, but how 'mainstream' were those other actors' films whose careers received a jump-start/boost thanks to Tarantino's casting?

    Talking range where black actors are concerned is limited from jump. Not all black actors get to experience range. It's been discussed here before.

    I'm in agreement with malika's comment.

    And this is ridiculous, really. Who Tarantino chooses is up to him...and the backers/film studio. This was a dig. Thanks for the extra publicity, home skillet. Idris is worthy. Who'd this cat have in mind? Will Smith? Again? lol

  • JMac | June 7, 2011 11:32 AMReply

    Nice perspective AMB.

  • blah blah | June 7, 2011 10:50 AMReply

    This is interesting because on an earlier post, I'd mentioned how Elba should start picking better leading man roles to show his range. Luther is a start and Legacy was alright, but lately it seems that he has been stuck in supporting cast roles, which are usually one-dimensional at best. I wouldn't go as far as the Guardian piece but I would say that I too have notice the lack of depth in his roles. Hopefully, whatever super secret role he has coming next will give him a chance to shine.

  • AMB | June 7, 2011 10:13 AMReply

    I hope the day is coming soon when silly "controversies" like this are no longer relevant. Why should Elba or any other black actor have to prove themselves worthy, in the eyes of the mainstream, of the "honor" of playing a slave? This is sickening.

  • Darkan | June 7, 2011 8:47 AMReply

    (did you see Sometimes in April? To go from Stringer Bell to that intense role takes some major talent, don’t you think? And why did he hate Stringer Bell, because he was a drug dealer?)

    @ Blu Topaz, yes I did see "Sometimes it Snows in April which is what caught my attention in regards to him as an actor before the Wire but not everyone saw that film. But we must remember a lot of actors fall short if they step out of their element. The same thing happened with Colin Ferrell and where is he? And yes, (Idris) he hated the Stringer Bell character because of the fact that he was a drug dealer but it's the role which brought him status in the states. Here's the article one of the numerous times I have seen him speak out against the role that has brought him fame in the US?!!! : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/movies/18idris.html?partner=rss&emc=rss I'm not denying the fact that Idris has some swag and is definitely a masculine, handsome actor but he's far from being one of the greats and he definitely fell short in Obsessed and sometimes struggles to keep his accent in most of his films. If we are going to praise an actor for their work we must see them for their "whole" body of work as well. Last words "The Unborn?" "Daddy's Little Girls?!! Right, blame that one on Tyler. Although I did like him in Thor... SMH.

  • jenn | June 7, 2011 8:05 AMReply

    Thanks CeCe! "Luther" alone shows what immense talent and skill Elba has.

  • Sonya Steele | June 7, 2011 7:49 AMReply

    Idris Elba is a fine actor and a truly masculine and sexy black man.

    I'm not at all surprised at vitriol being thrown his way by the so-called mainstream.

  • Dee | June 7, 2011 7:49 AMReply

    Idris needs to pick roles which stretch his capabilities as an actor.

    That he's played Stringer Bell by any other name since is entirely his own fault.

  • BluTopaz | June 7, 2011 7:43 AMReply

    Hey Darkan,

    did you see Sometimes in April? To go from Stringer Bell to that intense role takes some major talent, don't you think? And why did he hate Stringer Bell, because he was a drug dealer?

  • Darkan | June 7, 2011 7:29 AMReply

    Finally, The Guardian has voiced what I have thought all along. It's the truth. Idris has not really done anything to truly prove himself save the Wire. His work is all over the place. He flat out says that he hated doing the character on the Wire and loathes any attention to it. I fell off from having hopes about him when he had the nerve to speak arrogance in regards to Denzel Washington and Daniel Day Lewis last year. The lie will eventually catch up to him an people will finally start to see his limitations.

  • Quentin | June 7, 2011 7:13 AMReply

    I "like" malika's comment.

  • SayNay | June 7, 2011 7:12 AMReply

    Wow really?!! There has been many an actor with far less talent and name recognition than Elba who have received a "leg up" from major productions. How is Elba any less deserving.

  • malika | June 7, 2011 7:09 AMReply

    Idris is a phenomenal actor! That's what he has going for him. He is a far sight better than Will Smith could ever hope to be in his entire life.What I find so amazing about Idris is that he has the chops of a great character actor, and yet has the charisma of a movie star. Not all movie stars are great actors, as Will Smith continually shows us.

    Wishing Idris all the best, and can't wait to see what he does with this role!

  • CeCe | June 7, 2011 7:01 AMReply

    Q: "Quite what Elba has done to deserve such elevation in a movie?'

    A: The Wire and Luther.

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