Idris Elba is not one to hold his tongue.


The British actor got real in a recent interview with Uptown Magazine about being a black actor. When asked about the shortage of roles for black actors, he frankly answered, “Next question.”


“I’m so bored of answering that. Are there differences between black actors’ opportunities and white actors’ opportunities? Yes, there are. It’s been said. I’d rather a young black actor read about success as opposed to how tough it was. I get these roles because I can act and that’s it. Hopefully that’s it. The less I talk about being black, the better.”


In other words, Elba wants to be an actor and respected for his work. Yes the differences are obvious, but it’s time to move passed that and appreciate the work.


Elba has certainly shined brightly among his peers, both black and white, showing his diversity and range as an actor.


Whether or not his comment will be accepted by anyone is up for debate. But the fact of the matter is, he’s tired of answering that question.


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4 thoughts on “Idris Elba Tired of the ‘Black’ Question

  1. Is that guy ever not complainign about something? Maybe he would get the “black” question less if he stopped being cast in roles that should be played by white actors. Rolan in the Dark Tower, who is repeatedly and often described as being a man with pale skin, brown hair,, blue eyes, and looking like Clint Eastwood. Plus, making the movie about the representstion of heroism as played by a black man, and the representation of evil as portrayed by a white man has very ugly message. He became famous for playing a Nordic god. Not very historically accurate. A white actor didn’t play Mendela, did they? Of course that kind of thing throws race into the limelight. It is a message by Hollywood that they will discriminate as they see fit.

    • Roles that should be played by white actors? What exactly is the deciding factor when it comes to what race of actor should play a fictional character on screen? The key word being fictional. A white actor didn’t play Mandela because it would have been factually inaccurate to cast a white actor in the role of a black person in a film with autobiographical content. Fiction is entertainment. Not history. I’m guessing a film starring a black Jessica Rabbit would send you straight to therapy.

  2. BigBlackRod on said:

    When you are such a great actor that you land the role of Heimdall, the keeper of the Rainbow Bridge of Asgard, home of the Norse Gods, you can look past the dearth of roles for Black actors. What I take that to mean is, step out of your comfort zone, young actors…PEACE.

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