Going up against Jason Statham in a mega bucks blockbuster that aims to have audiences jumping out of their seats, throwing popcorn up in the air and high-fiving their neighbour requires an actor who has plenty of personality. But acting opposite Statham and Dwayne Johnson? Well, that requires the kind of charisma rarely found in Hollywood stars these days.
Luckily, for audiences, Johnson, Statham and the accountants at Universal, there is an actor who’s up to the job: Idris Elba. In what is his most visible cinema role to date, the gravel-voiced star snarls and quips his way through the movie event of the summer, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, as the superhuman bad guy, Brixton. Or, as the character calls himself in the movie – a line that went viral when it appeared in the trailer – ‘Black Superman.’