Will Smith Says Idris Elba Has To Be The Next James Bond

Ever since Daniel Craig announced he is retiring from the role of James Bond, following his last stint in “Spectre”, everyone is debating who should step into the coveted shoes of 007.

Will Smith sat down for an interview with BBC Radio 1 Xtra this week and gave his two cents on who should become Bond next. Playing the role of James Bond is clearly not in the cards for Smith. But, the actor says “Beasts Of No Nation”; actor Idris Elba must take on the coveted British role next. He says, “Idris has to do that one first. Idris has to be the first black Bond.”;

Smith went on to talk about his Nigerian accent in “Concussion”;, and the true reason why he won’t be in the new “Independence Day”; film.

Smith brushes off the feud rumours and says, “It was one of the those things – I had a couple of films lined up. I had “Concussion’ and “Suicide Squad’, so it was a decision – you know, timing-wise between “Independence Day’ and “Suicide Squad’.”; He continues, “They were sending me pictures from the set and I was like “aww’. The world is in a place of nostalgia right now. It’s like, specifically in entertainment, there’s such a pull for nostalgia so it was just the perfect opportunity and it didn’t work out.”;

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When it comes to Smith’s personal life, it’s hard for him not to smile when talking about his kids. He tells BBC Radio 1 Xtra that self-expression is very important for his children, which came up when his son Jaden wore women’s clothes in an ad campaign for Louis Vuitton: “You know, there’s a really powerful internal quality as an artist that as parents we encourage. You got to get out on the edge. You have to be comfortable doing things that people don’t agree with, and you have to be comfortable doing things that you could fail. Jaden is one hundred percent fearless. He will do anything. So as a parent, it’s scary, it’s really terrifying, but he is completely willing to live and die by his own artistic decisions and he just doesn’t concern himself with what people think.”;

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Smith also touches on the topic of the Oscars, which him and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith will not be attending. In the interview, he clears up any speculation and notes that his beef is not with the Academy, but with the rest of Hollywood. Smith says, “To me, it’s so far not about me. It’s not about us going to a show or not. For me, this is a much bigger social issue. I’m recognizing a pattern of the narrowing of the imagery, the narrowing of tolerance in America. So for the last pretty much 18 months, I’ve been watching the news and experiencing the things that are going on in my country; my concern is that Hollywood is reflecting a regressive trend. Hollywood is supposed to lead. Hollywood is supposed to be the most diverse and the most inclusive of all of the voices of so many different types of people and so many different stories, and I think that it’s an absolute necessity that Hollywood lead. I’m just concerned and I’m seeing Hollywood slipping and making a slide that is a social and political slide throughout the country.”

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