If gritty police drama is your kind of TV, then tune in to BBC’s Luther. The show follows the life of murder detective John Luther working for the Serious Crime Unit in London. The role is played by Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba. Luther is a protector at heart, a super hero of sorts, and can’t stand injustice. These qualities shine through his work, but unfortunately, he ends up being consumed by the darkness of the crimes he deals with. Elba, who’s remembered for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, tells us about season 4 of Luther.
What draws you to the part of Luther?
He’s a very well written character. He offers lots of complexities that I can explore as an actor. It’s always a gift when you’ve got a character like that.
Why does Luther return to the police force in Season 4?
It’s because he can’t stay away from it for too long. Ultimately, he’s a protector, and he wants to be able to fix what he can see other people won’t be able to do.
Tell us more about the dynamics between Luther and Martin Schenk.
Detective superintendent Schenk, and Luther have a lot of respect for each other, as people, and as detectives. Schenk supports Luther’s unorthodox style, although it goes against his moral fiber in some cases. And I think that Luther looks at Schenk almost like a father figure.
What makes Luther so popular?
Luther is a super hero, but an ordinary one. There’s a sense of reliability attached to him. The show’s tonality is definitely escapism. I think that’s the best kind of television you can get.
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