“Could Idris Elba’s younger brother Damson be the next James Bond?” the tabloid wrote in a recent headline.
Consequently, social media users followed up with an avalanche of backlash.
Hm..Idris Elba. Damson Idris. Do you SEE the error? FFS 🤦🏼♀️ They are NOT related. This is just sloppy reporting, smh.
— RayRayS 🖖😺❄️☮️ 💗 Cats&Dogs TX (@CrazyCatLadyFL) July 31, 2023
Speaking on the Desus & Mero show in 2022, Idris talked about how people often mistake him as Elba’s brother. The Snowfall star said he first met Elba at a party in London honoring Spike Lee.
“It was all these people there and Idris Elba was like, ‘Hey, come over here.’ I walk over to him and he’s like, ‘I know you, I know you, they always ask if you’re my little brother. You’re doing good, you’re doing good,'” Idris said the British actor told him, Yahoo News reported.
Since that meeting, Idris said Elba has become a mentor for him.
“Now I can call him on the phone. And I can ask for advice, man. This guy, Idris Elba, is an absolute G,” he said. “I’m so indebted to him because when I was getting Snowfall, when I was in the thick of it — probably I met him around season 2, 3 — I would call him and ask about The Wire. I was like, ‘Yo, how were you when you walked into a room? Were you British when you walked into a room?’ He was like, ‘No, I was String[er].'”
After incorrectly highlighting the relationship between the two actors, The Daily Mail removed references to Elba from the article in addition to fixing the headline, The London Economic reported.