Zoe Saldana calls Anthony Horowitz a coward, hypocrite and racist for saying Idris Elba is “too rough” to play the fictional spy, James Bond.
Saldana attacked the writer of the English mystery series, Wednesday, (July, 13), over the racially incited comments he made in an interview last year.
The 38-year-old actress described her anger in a chat with AFP, “What kind of ignorant comment to make is that?”
“Just say, ‘I don’t see James Bond as a black man.”
“I would respect that more than hiding behind some cowardly, stupid answer.”
“And so my response to that, in a very gracious way, was ‘f*** you’. I’m sorry, f*** you to say that.”
Although she didn’t call him out directly by mentioning his name, it was obvious her statement was referring to 61-year-old Horowitz.
Horowitz was commissioned by the estate of Bond creator Ian Fleming to write the 2015 novel Trigger Mortis.
In August last year, Daily Mail UK asked for his thoughts on Idris Elba landing the role as he seemed the favorite choice by fans to replace outgoing James Bond cast, Daniel Craig.
Horowitz replied, “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a color issue. I think he is probably a bit too street for Bond.”
He concluded by saying, “Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.”
Saldana said the writer insulted Elba’s character by implying he wasn’t “suave” enough.
Prior to being hired for 2006’s Casino Royale, the first of his four Bond films, Craig was quite famous for being rough.
“Just because [Idris] is black and he’s a DJ and he has one of the coolest walks I’ve ever seen in man he’s thuggish?, ” the actress stated.
“Really”, she asked, “So when he played Mandela he played him like a thug?.”
Elba would make a great James Bond character, won’t he?