Idris Elba became the better man after James Bond author Anthony Horowitz said the actor was "too street" to play 007.
On Wednesday night, Idris Elba Instagrammed a screenshot of an article about Horowitz comments and subsequent apology and showed off his education from the school of hard knocks in the caption.
"Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!!," Idris Elba wrote.
Idris Elba has become a fan favorite when rumors circulated that the actor was going to replace Daniel Craig in the 007 franchise. Horowitz, whose James Bond book Trigger Mortis
comes out on September 8, told The Daily Mail
that he thought the actor was "a bit too rough" to play the secret agent.
"I think he is probably a bit too street for Bond," he said. "Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.
Although Horowitz noted his problem with Idris Elba was not a race issue, that did not stop millions of people from bashing Horowitz.
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Horowitz would later apologize on Twitter, adding "I'm a writer not a casting director so what do I know? Clumsily, I chose the word 'street' as Elba's gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in my mind but I admit it was a poor choice of word. I am mortified to have caused offence."