Idris Elba fans have long wanted the seasoned actor to slip into a suit for the latest James Bond flick, and 007 author Anthony Horowitz was asked in a recent interview what his thoughts are on the idea.
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better. 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.”
Needless to say, this didn’t go over well with people at ALL, because what does “too street” mean anyway? We’re talking about a trained, professional actor here who has played many “classy” roles, not some crazy rapper!
Seeing the backlash, Horowitz quickly issued an apology to clarify his statements:
To which Idris responded with the classiest reply of them all: