Idris Elba is defending Dwayne Johnson’s “Jungle Cruise” movie after it cast straight actor Jack Whitehall to play Disney’s first openly gay character.
“Artistic license is artistic license. If an actor has the attributes to do something, they should be able to do it,” Elba told TimeOut London, via Attitude magazine. “They’re acting.”
He continued, “You don’t necessarily have to be gay to play a gay character. Though you do have to be black to play a black character.”
Elba’s comments come after he said he definitively would not be taking over Daniel Craig’s role as James Bond. The author of the “continuation” Bond series, Anthony Horowitz, once said Elba was “too street” to play the suave agent.
“It’s like the debate about James Bond. It’s nonsense. It’s a fictional character. I’ve got mad respect for how Ian Fleming described him,” Elba explained. “He said he was a white guy, looked like this … That’s how it was written. But then there’s interpretation.
“If we were always bound by the confines that something has to be [one way], people would never have expanded on things and come up with some of the most genius ideas.”
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