Did you know that Idris Elba was one of the leading candidates to play the star of the Quentin Tarantino film, “Django Unchained?” Tarantino says, however, that Elba was never considered for the part, largely because he is a British actor and this is an American story.
In an interview with the UK Sun, Tarantino explains why Elba wouldn’t have been right for the role.
“Yeah, Idris is British and this is an American story. I think a problem with a lot of movies that deal with this issue is they cast British actors to play the Southerners and it goes a long way to distancing the movie. They put on their gargoyle masks and they do their phoney accents and you are not telling an American story any more. They are just making hay of it, whether it be James Mason in Mandingo or Michael Caine in Hurry Sundown, they get British actors to do this.”