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.”
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.