Many/most critics really liked BBC America's "Luther" and loved Idris Elba's performance in it. We didn't lead by trying to get Elba to talk about "The Wire" and we didn't ask impertinent questions, merely a quick query about how the show had impacted the way filmmakers and TV executives saw him.
"Really, 'The Wire' was — you know, I was in it for three years, and I left at, you know, the highlight of that – Stringer Bell’s popularity. And as my character died, you know, I got offers to work," was Elba's uncooperative, unenthusiastic reply.
Really? If James McDaniel can celebrate "Cop Rock," when will Elba start treating his three years on one of the great shows in TV history as something more than an inconvenience on his resume?
"Luther"? Still a darned fine show.