“I was thrilled,” Idris said. “I was thrilled to get this job. I was thrilled because, you know, it’s an alternative to what you could say, what Roland is described as.”
Idris was then asked about the race swapping of his character. “It’s better just to treat it like no big deal. There should be no difference. The character that was written in Stephen’s imagination, it could be any color. It just happens to be me and, you know? In the artwork, it just so happens to be a white guy, but I don’t think that makes any difference. … I think what’s great about it, if I want to say anything about it, is that it is a sign of the times in terms of a colorless society. People go, ‘A good actor is a good actor,’ you know?,” Idris said.