April 28th, 2010
|07:11 am - All about Idris|
Idris Elba - Stringer Bell from The Wire (see icon) - is in the news a lot at the moment. It's about time he got the recognition he deserved, having played arguably The Best character in The Best TV show ever made, you would think that was a bit of a boost to the old CV.
So he now has his own British TV show Luther, playing a genius detective. This is the lead role on Prime Time BBC1, which is literally the best TV slot an actor can get in British television. This is a link to a Youtube clip of Idris discussing the role. (Personally I worry that the BBC are over-cautious about plot and vision in their headline shows, but I hope it is as good as it might be).
And Kenneth Branagh - always a good eye - is casting him as the Norse god Heimdall in his interpretation of the comic book Thor.
Comic fans (no, this is wrong, just a few fans) have reacted stupidly:
"This PC crap has gone too far! Norse deities are not of an African ethnicity! … It's the principle of the matter. It's about respecting the integrity of the source material, both comics and Norse mythologies."
"At the risk of sounding like a bigot, I think this is nuts! Asgard is home to the Norse Gods!!! Not too many un-fair complexion types roaming the frigid waste lands up there.
I will not point out the flaws in this argument, as I am sure they are apparent to all. Get a bleedin' grip guys. You should be on your knees thanking the gods you've got a man of this stature involved in your pet project.
Certainly the relationship between colonised and colonial applies to Asia as much as to Africa, although obviously the relationship is differently nuanced in different circumstances. And the casting of white actors as Asian gods is routine - for example Charlton Heston as Yahweh.
|Date:||April 28th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)|| |
Ah, the Charlton Heston _10 Commandments_ as a model of Political Correctness to be followed in 2010.