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Idris Elba’s daughter didn’t talk to him for three weeks after she didn’t get a role in his new film

Rachel Lang

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Idris Elba’s daughter didn’t talk to him for three weeks after she didn’t get a role in his new film

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Idris Elba has revealed his daughter stopped speaking to him for nearly a month after she didn't land a role in his upcoming film Beast.

Isan Elba, 20, auditioned to play the daughter of Idris Elba's character, however she didn't get the part.

And boy, was she not impressed.

The Dark Tower actor told iHeart Radio's morning show The Breakfast Club that he thought his daughter’s audition was great.

But he admitted the chemistry they have in reality 'wasn’t right for film'.

"The relationship in the film and the relationship between my daughter was, the chemistry wasn’t right for the film. Weirdly enough," Elba told the radio show.

The British film star went on to add that his daughter 'didn’t talk to [him] for about three weeks' when she got the phone call from movie producer Will Packer to confirm that she didn’t land the part. 

Packer also shed some light on the tough call to dump Elba's own daughter from playing his on-screen daughter.

"I called and talked to her, ’cause I’ve known her for a very long time ... I’m like ‘Uncle Will.," Packer told iHeart radio.

Packer also explained the audition process Isan was put through with her father. 

The movie producer added: “He [Idris] auditioned with her, he was very tough on her, he said, 'Listen, at the end of the day we’re going to make the best decision for the movie. I trust you, Will, trust the director,' and she was very good, very close."

Despite not getting the gig, Isan eventually took it on the chin and accompanied her dad to the film's premiere.

"She was very gracious about it and we got through that you know and I’m really proud of her to go through that, not get the role, but still come to the premiere," Elba said.

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Movie fans on social media were split over the casting choice and Elba's move to get his daughter a role.

Some criticised People's former Sexiest Man Alive for not giving his daughter enough of a leg up in the industry.

One Reddit user said: "Nepotism is how lots of people got their positions in the business world. I don't think there is anything wrong with helping a family member get a position."

Another person added: "I would totally put my kid in my movie. I would just hire all my friends like Adam Sandler and Kevin Smith did."

A third added: "I think 90 percent of people have abused nepotism in their life, so in my opinion it's more weird to not go out your way to help your daughter succeed is worse parenting. Hot take, but almost every family will inevitably look out for each other."

Beast hits cinemas on Friday, August 19.

Topics: TV and Film, Idris Elba, Celebrity

Rachel Lang
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