Idris Elba Tired of the ‘Black’ Question, Wants to Be Respected as An Actor

In a recent interview with Vulture, Idris Elba had a lot to say about his non-stop shooting schedule that includes promo for Prometheus, a role in the upcoming thriller No Good Deed and the lead in the Nelson Mandela biopic, Long Walk To Freedom.

He says his current lifestyle leaves little time to spend at home.
“No fixed abode, because there’s no point,” Elba admits. “I’m a traveling circus for a while. It feels kind of weird. Like, if I wanted to go home, there isn’t anywhere to go. Just a hotel.”
While many Black actors and actresses have struggled to find roles in the majority white industry, Elba has come out on top.
His gradual success has made the 39-year-old London native one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood and has earned him the coveted “Golden Globe winner” title.
So don’t talk to him about the shortage of roles for Black actors.
“Next question,” Elba replied when faced with the 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.”
SOURCE: Camille Travis, UPTOWN Magazine