British actor, director and executive producer Idris Elba said motorsport should look to the cinema on Friday as a moral example if it “wants to secure its future in an ever-changing world”.
The Hollywood star, 49, gave his opinion after launching an initiative called Speed Academy that partners with Total Karting Zero to enthuse young motorsport talent from underrepresented communities.
The Press Association reports that Elba, who is a self-confessed “car madman” and has previously competed in car rallies, has explained that there is a “narrow gateway” to motorsport because of the cost and opportunity, but hopes the scheme can emphasize that there are ” pockets of talent everywhere.” He further outlined:
It’s just the nature of evolution and so if motorsport wants to represent that evolution in any way, they need to plant those seeds now. It’s the same in my film industry. For a long time, television was not like the world it represents, it was very skewed on a certain type.
And there had to be an exodus of thinking about how we shift that and it came from the actors and the casting to the narrator and the productions. And you’re watching television now, you’re watching casting, it’s a broader spectrum of our human race.
The Hobbs & Shaw star highlighted how this has improved the reach of the film and television industry, adding, “So if the auto industry wants to secure its future in an ever-changing world, it needs to follow suit a little bit.”
The actor said he wants his new arrangement to help improve representation in motorsport, saying that “just because you come from a certain background doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a chance to enter certain industries.”
This is not the first time Elba has spoken about a question of race and equal opportunity.
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As Breitbart News reported, he previously maintained that he had been a victim of racism from birth, comparing questions about his experience of racism to asking him how long he was breathing.
“Success has not denied racism for me. Asking me about racism is like asking how long I’ve been breathing,” Elba said during a 2021 livestream discussion titled, “The Reckoning: The Arts And Black Lives Matter.”
The star has also credited his parents for putting him on the road to success by teaching him that if he wants to make it in life, “you have to be twice as good as the white man.”
“I was the only child of immigrant parents from Sierra Leone, West Africa. And they worked hard for what they had.” The wire said star. “This way of living taught me the importance of independence and relying on myself for my own success.”