Roger Moore has found himself in a world of controversy after making some recent remarks about Idris Elba.
Last year, Luther fans all over the world rejoiced when a leaked email written by ex-Sony Pictures exec Amy Pascal revealed she was interested in having Elba play James Bond. But Moore, who portrayed the iconic super-spy in seven films, doesn’t seem to be excited about having a black man as the next heir to his throne.
n an interview with Paris Match magazine the 87-year-old actor opined,
A few years ago, I said that Cuba Gooding Jr. would make an excellent Bond, but it was a joke!
Although James may have been played by a Scot, a Welshman and an Irishman, I think he should be ‘English-English’. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting idea, but unrealistic.
When the interview was published Moore immediately received backlash on social media, with many particularly upset by his assertion that Elba was not “English-English.” The general consensus seemed to be that telling an English man – who was born in England – that he’s not English enough is just thinly veiled racism.
Yesterday he took to Twitter, to explain that this was all just a misunderstanding.
“An interview I gave to Paris Match implies I said something racist about Idris Elba. That is simply untrue. #Lost in translation”.
Via The Grio.com