Idris Elba has been especially on in the past couple of months. He’s been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive; his son has been declared as the next Golden Globes ambassador; and he is poised to launch another season of his hit BBC series, Luther, which he has lovingly known to in the last as his James Bond.
He’s firing on all cylinders.Which means he is just about at the point where an overload of marketing would normally lead to some sort of misstep or gaffe. Except, perhaps not that time. In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, the actor has been asked whether it’s hard to be a man in Hollywood now as a result of #MeToo movement, which has resulted in a broader reckoning against sexual misconduct.
Plenty of celebrities have been asked something similar, and several have responded with statements that ended up requiring apologies–from Matt Damon to Henry Cavill.
However Elba? He needed to say in reaction:”It’s only hard if you’re a guy with something to conceal.”Simple as that. His comment instantly made the rounds on the internet, earning praise from the likes of Shonda Rhimes and Valerie Jarrett.
This isn’t the first time Elba has won kudos for talking about the movement. While promoting Molly’s Game last year, he praised the poignancy of this female-led, female-penned film coming out in a time when “we’re seeing women stand up and have a liberation movement of speaking up against a few their atrocities that has happened.”