Idris Elba, Seal, & Heidi Klum at Elton John’s Oscar 2011 Viewing Bash
British actor Idris Elba, R&B soul singer Seal, and model Heidi Klum attended Elton John’s 19th Annual AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
The buzz on Idris lately has been his controversial comments on the effects Tyler Perry’s films and the Oscars have on the African-American community. The comments made by Idris at the Lens Project’s “Artist Spotlight” at Rutgers University this past Thursday has definitely heated up the blogosphere.
His thoughts on Tyler Perry’s films:
“Can I be candid? I don’t like all of Tyler Perry’s films. Yes, I did work with Tyler for ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ because it portrayed a positive image of a black father. I am happy for Tyler’s success…we need Tyler Perry … by going to support his movies, we need to show economic strength. But we are also responsible for elevating film. I’m not with buffoonish characters like Madea or Big Momma.”
On the Golden Globes and this year’s Oscar:
“Halle Berry and I were the only two black actors nominated for this year’s Golden Globes (Idris for Luther and Halle for Frankie & Alice). The Oscars aren’t designed for us…let’s focus on making more films.” (The Urban Daily)
Before I pass judgment on these comments, I couldn’t find the direct source or link that had the entire interview. I’m curious as what prompted his opinions. All I did find was a brief video footage taken at the event which you can view after my two cents. At any rate….Idris has a point but I think the biggest problem that the African-American film industry face is distribution. There are quality African-Americans films out there like Moozlum and Night Catches Us but the distribution push is limited. The business will likely support blockbuster selling names than quality films with a low production budget. Every so often a sleeper hit pops up and shuts down the claim. She Hates Me, Drumline, Brown Sugar, Something New, Just Wright, Boomerang, Waiting To Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Roots, The Color Purple, American Gangster, Mahogany, Dreamgirls, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Two Can Play That Game, The Wiz, Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, and many others are all quality African-American cinema. Next up for Idris is a role in Ridley Scott-directed film, Prometheus.
Idris Elba chats with Rutgers University students: