Idris Elba Approves Pulling ‘Bastille Day’ Movie from French Cinemas
Idris Elba is “heartbroken” over the terror attack in Nice and fully supports studio executives’ decision to pull his Bastille Day thriller from French cinemas in the wake of the tragedy. The film officially opened in France last Wednesday, a day before 84 people were killed and 300 more injured when a lorry plowed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France on Thursday.
On Saturday, executives at Studiocanal asked cinema bosses around the country to drop the film from their schedule, as the nation began its three-day period of mourning. And, in a new interview with Complex magazine, Elba insists it was the right decision in light of the events in Nice. “I wasn’t a part of the process of pulling it, but I suspect it’s very sensitive,” Elba said. “Of course it’s called Bastille Day, and it’s a film that tackles violence on that particular day. So I suspect the filmmakers were like, ‘This doesn’t feel right to have out there. It’s insensitive.’ A lot of people were tragically killed and hurt, and obviously we don’t want to look as if we’re being opportunistic or anything like that.” The British star added, “I’m heartbroken about that situation, though. Not just because I was in a film called Bastille Day at all, but more about the shed of innocent lives…Ultimately the film was made two years ago and there’s no correlation between any of it and I think it’s a good thing they pulled it from the theaters because it could come across as insensitive.” It’s the second setback for the film, in which Elba stars as a former CIA agent who teams up with a pickpocket, played by Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden, to stop a terror mission. The movie, which begins with a bomb exploding in a public area after a terror plot goes wrong, was initially postponed from release last year following the attacks in Paris in November. It subsequently opened in U.K. cinemas in April.