Idris Elba Says The Oscars “Aren’t For Us”, Doesn’t Like Tyler Perry Movies

- By Bossip Staff

Idris Elba opens up about the Oscars, Black Presidents, and Tyler Perry:

As a fitting close to Black History Month, actor Idris Elba was the featured speaker for the Lens Project’s “Artist Spotlight” series. Held at the Paul Robeson Center of Rutgers University’s Newark campus this past Thursday evening, the lecture was moderated by Ms. Baraka Sele, the current Assistant Vice President of Programming of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

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Idris stepped onto the stage to standing applause and an unmistakable spike in estrogen levels among the women in attendance, as they whipped out their cameras to document Hollywood’s sexiest chocolate boy wonder. Adopting an ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’ format, Ms. Sele and Mr. Elba discussed everything from his solid middle class beginnings in East London, his upcoming projects, to the current state of black cinema in Hollywood.

On his most prolific role as Stringer Bell on HBO’s ‘The Wire’

“I was a huge fan of Stringer Bell being killed off right at the height of his popularity. I commend the writers for a realistic view of living a life of crime…as a drug dealer you either end up dead or in prison.”

On the Golden Globes and this year’s Oscar ‘white-out’

“Halle Berry and I were the only two black actors nominated for this year’s Golden Globes (Idris for Luther and Halle for Frankie & Alice). The Oscars aren’t designed for us…let’s focus on making more films.”

On the controversy surrounding his role as Heimdall, in the upcoming “Thor”

“It’s so ridiculous. We have a man (Thor) who has a flying hammer, and wears horns on his head and yet me being an actor of African descent playing a Norse god is unbelievable? I mean, Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth Taylor and Ghandi was played by Ben Kingsley”

Does he watch any of his films?

“I don’t watch myself. It’s excruciating”

On his decision to become an actor

“My parents were hard-working and believed in security, getting that paycheck. Paul Barber (another black British actor) came to speak at my school, and I realized ‘I could do that too.’ When I told my parents I wanted to be an actor, my father said to me (at this point Idris mimics a dead-on African accent) ‘Kuna, you know actors don’t make money.’ So I got a job working at the Ford factory and after 2 years, I was like, I gotta go back to acting.” (Idris would eventually win a place in the National Youth Music Theater, thanks to a Prince’s Trust grant).

On speaking to today’s youth

“I’m just a beacon… actors and people in the film industry should speak at schools to inspire students.” Idris is the anti-crime ambassador for the Prince’s Trust grant, a U.K. based youth charity that provides workplace skills and financial support.

On being an only child

“As an only child I had a vivid imagination. My imagination gets me in trouble, it gets me awards and it gets me paychecks”

On what role he finds most challenging

“While the U.K. is known for their drama schools, they are very expensive. I wasn’t classically trained in theater, so I have a natural fear of Shakespeare. But I’d like to tackle King Lear or Othello.”

On the Spike Lee vs. Tyler Perry debate

“Can I be candid?” he asks before turning to face the audience directly. “I don’t like all of Tyler Perry’s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for “Daddy’s Little Girls” because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler’s success…we need Tyler Perry…by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I’m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.”

By the end of the lecture, it was clear that Idris Elba hasn’t been coasting on just his good looks. Thoughtful, resourceful, and humble, Idris Elba continues the legacy of strong and positive depictions of black masculinity in Hollywood.


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  • Teal_Blade

    Peace Mr. Elba.. the realest actor to slide thru my town (Bmore)

  • uhohitslelani

    Baby Daddy 🙂

    Side Note: STFU,I don’t want to hear it.. Thanx

  • MacMoon

    But if he was nominated for an Oscar,this brother would have a big koolaid smile like Denzel on his face.

    • sundance

      If you would have taken the time to read the transcript you would notice that it said the following “Halle Berry and I were the only two black actors nominated for this year’s Golden Globes” (Idris for Luther and Halle for Frankie & Alice).

    • MacMoon

      Shut up bytch….golden globes and oscars r 2 different awards………u dumb bytch!

    • mouthpiece

      @Macmoon,sorry,that was an error.

  • katie

    Lmao that was funny.

  • Aman

    Whats up Katie?See you still here.You shouldn’t reply on topics because for some reason people then start fighting. You a little trouble maker

  • khloe

    Idris, is the all man GOD blessed him.

  • katie

    I would never! Dude,dont know what ya talking about. Im nice and im a ok chick once you get to know me. Really its the truth. Oh…oh oh… are you muslim?

  • Aman

    No im black and i dont have a muslem believe.Why you asking if you dont mind me asking?

  • Aman

    Is it the name?



    • The Beautiful One

      Maybe because you have no taste, whatsoever! Just a thought… 😉

  • katie

    The name? Aaah, noooo. Why would you think it got something to do with the name? Shhht what ya talking about? Aaah…course not. I haven’t eve..even notice it.


    hahahaha katie

    • how abt this

      Thank you Idris for being a positive light. Because the worthless bafoons that comment about black women all the time on this site hail straight from skid row. Losers

  • Aman

    See?Thats what i mean. Little white girl trouble maker

  • IheartIdris2

    I love that he is not just eye candy! He has a head on his shoulders! You can see that by him keeping it real has taken him along way! Now that is beautiful!



  • dirtygurl

    well since we’re being honest hear why won’t he comment on beytas wooden acting in obsessed?

  • Mrs. Rance

    Love me some Idris, but I’m sorry, I like many buffoonish characters including Madea and Big Mama.

  • Malaika

    Thank you! These same people always talking ish about Tyler are probably the same ones ingesting a healthy diet of reality shows with all it’s brainless mess going out.

  • innovatoor09

    He is a great actor, and he was speaking based on his opinion. Youo have to respect him for that.

  • kimm

    Cmon give Eldris a break even Tyler says he’s giving Madea a break.

  • The Beautiful One

    That’s right! You tell em’ baby! I love you Iris Elba, with your fine self.

  • Stu

    Bout time somebody spoke on tyler perry bashing us black males I get that he was abused but damn dude we aint all bad

  • http://google smh

    He looks black, talks black, but sleeps with white women. Such a typical tom azz mfkr.

  • ohno

    Is it true that Tyler Perry is taking over the role of Alex Cross from Morgan Freeman–the role which Idris Elba had been originally considered?

  • tweety

    loveee him an agree with him 100%…cant wait for him 2 come 2 trinidad

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