Sony/Screen Gems(LONDON) — How did Idris Elba respond to James Bond author Anthony Horowitz’s statement that he’s “too street” to play 007? He just kept smiling.
Horowitz recently told Britain’s 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.”
The comment resulted in backlash against Horowitz on social media, and he subsequently issued an apology.
It seems Elba himself didn’t take it all too seriously. The British actor posted on Instagram a screenshot of an article regarding Horowitz’s remarks, accompanied by a positive message. “Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!! #septemberstillloveyou,” he wrote.
In his apology, Horowitz said he was “mortified to have caused offence.” He explained that he was thinking of Elba’s gritty detective role in the BBC series Luther when he made the “street” remark.
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