Although English novelist Anthony Horowitz has since apologized for his poorly worded remark about Idris Elba (he referred to the actor as “too street” to play James Bond in an interview with The Daily Mail), Idris took time from his busy schedule to brilliantly respond.
In case you missed it, Anthony said the following about Idris to The Daily Mail:
“Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better. For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
After causing an uproar, Anthony issued the following apology on Twitter:
I’m really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence [full statement attached] pic.twitter.com/UD6ouA45Uv
— Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz) September 1, 2015
Now see Idris’ perfect response below.
Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!! ???? #septemberstillloveyou
A photo posted by Idris Elba (@idriselba) on
Although we know Anthony meant no harm (he even suggested a black actor he felt would be better suited for the role), we love Idris’ response.