Idris Elba Cut A 'Black James Bond' Joke From 'Hobbs And Shaw'

Lawrence Kim
July 18, 2019

Star Dwayne Johnson told Variety that a joke in which Elba's character says: "I'm black superman" was initially meant to say "black James Bond" - but that Elba rejected the joke because it was "too close to what everybody's talking about".

Hobbs & Shaw (full title only, please), Idris Elba plays Brixton Lore, a cyber-genetically enhanced global terrorist leader and a criminal mastermind who refers to himself as Black Superman.

While speaking with Variety, Fast & Furious mainstay Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson said the original line in the script called for Elba's character, Brixton, to compare himself to a black James Bond. "Everyone's taking credit for it - Idris, our director, our producers, I'm sure, Jason [Statham]...[but] I came up with that", Johnson said. "I said, 'What about the black Superman?' And everyone's like, 'Great!' Now everyone takes credit".

Elba's concerns refer to the cultural conversation surrounding who would replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond star.

"Of course, if someone said to me, 'Do you want to play James Bond?' I'd be like, 'Yeah!' That's fascinating to me".

Craig's successor has not yet been announced, but black British actor Lashana Lynch has been announced as the new 007 in the upcoming 25th Bond film. The Wire star doesn't sound like he's interested, so Black Superman is a better fit. "Bond is still Bond but he's been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman".

Johnson's Hobbs first appeared in 2011's Fast Five and has appeared in each Fast & Furious film since then, with Statham's Shaw making his debut in a post-credit scene during 2013's Fast Six and serving as the main antagonist of Furious 7 with an appearance in The Fate of the Furious as well.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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