Idris Elba Said No To A ‘Black James Bond’ Joke In ‘Hobbs & Shaw’

Idris Elba reportedly nixed a joke about his “Hobbs & Shaw” character being compared to a “black James Bond” because it was “too close to what everybody’s talking about.”

The “what everyone’s talking about” is, of course, the persistent rumour that the 46-year-old Brit was in the running to take over the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig.

Elba’s co-star Dwayne Johnson tells Variety that the actor vetoed the reference to 007 while filming. Instead, viewers will hear Elba, who plays a terrorist leader and criminal mastermind in the “Fast & Furious” spin-off, call himself a “black Superman.”

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Johnson claims the “Superman” line was his idea, but Elba begs to differ.

“That line was just improvised,” he tells Variety. “I was in one of these takes and I was really riffing, and then it came out and [director David Leitch] loved it, and so we kept it.”

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” hits theatres on August 2.

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