Idris Elba Rumored for Hunger Games Sequel and Doesn't Want to Talk About Being a Black Actor

"The less I talk about it, the better," explains the star on questions about being Black in Hollywood.

Posted: 05/30/2012 08:00 AM EDT

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When it comes to his career, Idris Elba prefers to play the strong, silent type.

The Prometheus star appeared visibly irked when Uptown Magazine questioned him on the struggles of being a Black actor in Hollywood:

"Next question... I’m so bored of answering that. Are there differences between Black actors’ opportunities and white actors’ opportunities? Yes, there are. It’s been said. I’d rather a young Black actor read about success as opposed to how tough it was," he remarked, adding, "I get these roles because I can act and that’s it. Hopefully that’s it. The less I talk about being black, the better."

One role that could be coming Elba's way is a plum part in the upcoming Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. The Examiner.com reports that Elba is in the running for the part of Chaff, described as "male, six feet tall, with dark skin, and an arm that ends with a stump because he lost his hand in the 45th Hunger Games."

Shooting for the second installment in the hyper-profitable franchise begins later this year, with a November 2013 release date on the books. 

Elba will get a chance to prove his blockbuster mettle with Prometheus, which opens next Friday.


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