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Idris Elba Says He Doesn't Believe in White or Black Actors: 'I Don't Profile By Race'

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Idris Elba is one of the most well-known actors working in Hollywood today. He’s appeared in countless iconic movies and TV series, including The Suicide Squad, the Thor franchise, and HBO’s celebrated series, The Wire. Yet, despite his numerous roles across Emmy and Oscar-winning projects, the actor doesn’t feel as if he’s an inspiration to any one race and claims he doesn’t classify talent by skin color.

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During an interview with the i Newspaper, Elba explained his thoughts behind paving the way for young actors and the people he looked up to before he rose to fame.

Although Elba doesn’t necessarily agree with only being an inspiration for actors of African descent, he recognizes how the next generation of talent may look up to him.

Idris Elba is coming off his hunt-or-be-hunted thriller, Beast. The film centers around Nate Samuels (Elba) as he tries to keep his family safe from a rogue lion, intent on proving it’s the apex predator of the Savanna. Beast was released in theaters last week, on Aug. 19, and the movie is currently available worldwide. The film was shot on location in Africa, and Elba says he’s “keen” on helping the continent’s development.

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Elba admits he’s a fan of the African film industry too, and he’s especially impressed by the content creators providing work across many countries on the continent.

You can catch Idris Elba in theaters as Dr. Nate Samuels in Beast. His next film, Three Thousand Years of Longing, also hit theaters on Aug. 26. The film follows a lonely scholar on a trip to Istanbul who discovers a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.

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