May 2, 2009 by MK
You may not know his name but you know “the look.” Dead-serious eyes on broad shoulders and advancing neck. Idris Elba is not to be trifled with. Unless, of course, your name is Michael Scott.
To go from playing business-minded Stringer Bell on The Wire to the dissimilarly business-minded Charles Miner on The Office is no easy feat. Like Wire-alumnus Amy Ryan before him, Elba’s presence brought a sorely needed kick-in-the-ass to the proceedings at everyone’s favorite Scranton branch. Michael vs. Charles was a matchup for the ages, setting up the series refresh that was the Michael Scott Paper Company. By creating “the un-Michael,” he threw the office, and us, for a loop, choosing to underplay at every step along the way. Here’s hoping we see him (and Amy Ryan!) somewhere in Dunder Mifflin’s future.
Side Note: This man deserves a better vehicle than playing second banana to Beyonce in Obsessed. He’d make a helluva James Bond.