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'The less I talk about being black the better'

HONEST: Hollywood star Idris Elba wants to be measured by his talent not race

HOLLYWOOD STAR Idris Elba has dismissed the argument that being a black actor is hard, by claiming the less he talks about it 'the better'.

The London born actor, who set to play iconic freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, in a new biopic, revealed that he was tired of the debate because it may deter young black actors from the film industry.

Speaking to Vulture Magazine he said: "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. 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," he added.

The news comes after the 39-year-old picked up his first Golden Globe award earlier this year for his leading role in hit BBC 1 drama series, Luther, currently airing on BBC America.

Elba, who migrated to the US in 2000, has carved himself a rising career with roles in the acclaimed The Wire and superhero movie, Thor.

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