Idris Elba & director Cary Fukunaga cover Variety: who would you rather?


Idris Elba and Cary Fukunaga cover the new issue of Variety. It’s good timing, because their film, Beasts of No Nation, is about to premiere at back-to-back film festivals, including Venice and Toronto. At first I didn’t understand why Variety would put Fukunaga front and center, especially considering it’s Idris’s name and face that will get people to see this film. But then I read the Variety article. This film is Fukunaga’s passion project, it’s something he lived with years and years, trying and failing to get financing, doing anything to get it made. Then, when he finally got the financing, he went through utter hell to get the movie made (he contracted malaria in the first week, the sets washed away in the rain, he dropped 20 pounds because of a parasite & more).

You can read the Variety piece here – there’s a lot of inside-baseball in the article, stuff about how the film was made, financed and how it’s going to be distributed. Beasts is the canary in the coal mine for Netflix – they’ll stream the movie and do a theatrical release and they’re spending money on an Oscar campaign for Idris (who is also a producer on the film). Idris is quoted sparingly in the piece, probably because he’s playing a dictatorial military commander of child soldiers and there’s no way to put a ribbon on that. Fukunaga is asked directly about True Detective and all of the drama and this is what happens:

Fukunaga prepped for the 35-day shoot in late 2013, and reveals he always intended to leave “True Detective” after the first story arc. The director admits he hasn’t watched the panned second season, but he’s aware that writer-creator Nic Pizzolatto added a diva-director character seemingly aimed at mocking him. “I have friends on the crew who told me about it. What’s there to make of it?” Fukunaga says with a laugh, declining to elaborate further. He hasn’t communicated with Pizzolatto since he saw him at the Golden Globes in January.

Responding to Variety, Pizzolatto says: “The director character in episode 3 was absolutely not meant to represent or allude to Cary in any way. The actor (Philip Moon) was hired because I was a fan of his from ‘Deadwood,’ and he arrived with the look he had.”

[From Variety]

“What’s there to make of it?” Hm…is that shade? Or just Fukunaga trying to say nothing really? I do think Pizzolatto outed himself as a petty hack and yes, Fukunaga is under no obligation to say anything about it. Here’s a sidenote though: I think Fukunaga looked better with long hair. Yeah, I said it.

Here’s the trailer for Beasts of No Nation again:


Photos courtesy of Variety.

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  1. Astrid says:

    More Idris

  2. ninal says:

    I miss carys bun. Now he looks like Mark Ronson. Iridis is always a looker, but that’s not the best picture of him.

  3. aims says:

    Idris, anyday, everyday!! Lord, he just oozes sexiness!!

  4. BeBeA says:

    IDRIS! over and over

  5. Beth No. 2 says:

    Why choose? Both please.

    And Fukunaga looks so much like Hugh Grant without his glasses.

  6. Tiffany says:

    Like Cary has a chance. Come on, now.

  7. NUTBALLS says:

    I first that Fukunaga was Ross McCall. Both are lovely and so is Idris.

  8. ldub says:


  9. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Cary with his glasses on, I want to be the one to steam them up.

  10. lila fowler says:

    Cary cut his hair and spends his weekends playing polo now. I liked him before, with the long hair and weird clothes.

  11. Elvis says:

    I think the bout of malaria and stress from production is why Cary looks so tired in these photos. He looks good, just tired. Idris looks good as he always does.

    As for who would I rather, I’d rather Variety had gone with a different photographer because these shots suck.

    • belle de jour says:

      Agree. It takes a special lack of talent, skill and imagination to end up with such lackluster & flavorless shots of those two, but the photographer somehow managed it.

      • Hiddlesgirl85 says:

        @belle de jour: This is the comment of the day!!

      • Elvis says:

        Were these two even in the same room when these were taken? Maybe they suck extra because they were shot separately, then just imposed one in front of the other. Could explain the bland background.

  12. Lilacflowers says:

    Idris for the win.

  13. Mia4S says:

    Both lovely, but Carey’s never done a terrible music video see he wins by default. 😉

  14. lower-case deb says:

    it looks like a photoshoot with cary as a “hello i am a middle-management mortgage lender at a provincial bank who happens to be hot” and idris as a “mighty fine landlord of several hot blue chip developments”


  15. K says:

    Is this a real question? Idris only Idris. If Idris is in the picture then it’s always Idris no one else stands a chance. Idris always.

  16. QQ says:

    why would I Pick and not opt for the double whammy?

  17. Cynthia says:

    Is it bad that my first thought was both?
    Cary definitely looked hotter with long hair but still…

  18. Sawhatwhen says:

    Cary is mixed, yes? Very lovely face. I saw Keanu at first look.

    Idris’ eyes in the picture. Beautiful gentleman. He looks like he will be good in this movie.

    Both men are compelling in the pic. Yes, why not both?

    • Mia4S says:

      Cary is Japanese-Swedish.

      Also, he speaks French and Spanish fluently…

      …sorry what was I talking about? 😉

  19. Ellie says:

    Both. Idris is a king but the things I would do to Cary. THE THINGS.

  20. kay says:

    i will take both, please and thanks.
    greedy, i know.
    no apologies. lol.

  21. Amanda says:

    I just can’t decide. I like them both too much.

  22. Veronica says:

    Can’t I be greedy and have both of them?

  23. shannon says:

    Both? At the same time? Please?

  24. rlh says: