The Hobbs & Shaw villain is just keeping it real when it comes to the rumors of him being cast as James Bond.
Talk of Idris Elba becoming the next James Bond has long circulated on and off the internet. However, the actor hasn’t warmed up to the speculations of the casting and even expressed his disapproval.
Speaking with Vanity Fair in a recent interview, Elba gave confirmation that he will not be taking the iconic spy role. The British actor said:
“James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, beloved character, that takes audiences on this massive escapism journey.”
He continued, “Of course, if someone said to me, ‘Do you want to play James Bond?,’ I’d be like, ‘Yeah! That’s fascinating to me.’ But it’s not something I’ve expressed, like, ‘Yeah, I wanna be the black James Bond.’”
The Thor franchise actor also explained why his race and skin color is an issue that keeps him from taking the role of the Bond saying:
“You just get disheartened when you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the color of my skin. And then if I get it and it didn’t work, or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.”
Currently, Daniel Craig is reprising his role as the British spy in the latest installment of the James Bond franchise. He will act opposite of Oscar winner Rami Malek as the Egyptian-American actor is set to play a Bond villain.