Idris Elba Says #MeToo Movement Is Only Difficult If You're A Man With Something To Hide

Idris Elba has it all, he's a successful actor - and now director - that was voted People's 'World's Sexiest Man' this year. He has starred in countless well received TV shows and films, he might even be the next James Bond, depending on who you believe.

Oh, and he was in The Wire, which is one of the best TV shows of all time.

It's hard to think of anyone who doesn't like him. Although, there is one guy...

Now, he's provided an impeccably good take on the hottest issue facing the whole of his industry just now. When being interviewed by The Sunday Times the other day he was asked for his opinion on the #MeToo movement.

He didn't disappoint.

The movement has seen greater scrutiny and action taken against allegations of sexual misconduct in the show-business world. There have been some high-profile cases to answer, including those of studio executive Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood superstar Kevin Spacey.

Elba simply said of the movement: "It's only difficult if you're a man with something to hide."

Simple, but effective.

Idris Elba. Credit: PA
Idris Elba. Credit: PA

Or, you'd think that it would be simple. In recent times other male actors have had similar questions put to them and wound up in hot water.

Matt Damon said that we should have a look at the men who haven't been accused of anything - as if that is something to be proud of, rather than what should be the minimum requirement.

Henry Cavill said that he was afraid to remain in the public eye in case he is 'going to be called a rapist or something'.

Two absolutely unfathomably bad takes on the situation, right there.

That being said, it is worth pointing out that they have been accused of no misconduct and have both issued full apologies for their comments.

Back to Idris.

It's not the first time that the Luther star has spoken out on issues such as this one before. On the promotional tour for Molly's Game last year he praised the predominantly female-led cast, as well as the fact that it was written by a woman.

He said: "It's quite poignant.

"Of course, this is a film that was made a year ago, and probably prepped two or three years ago, but to come out when its coming out now is actually quite amazing, when we're seeing women stand up and have a liberation movement of speaking up against some their atrocities that has happened."

Idris Elba will be back in 'Luther' in 2019. Credit: PA
Idris Elba will be back in 'Luther' in 2019. Credit: PA

You can catch Idris in the next series of Luther which will start on New Year's Day on BBC One.

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Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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