September 04, 2013 1:26pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Stacker Pizzacost: Idris Elba's Sci-Fi Origins Revealed
With appearances in this summer's Pacific Rim, the upcoming Thor: The Dark World and last summer's Prometheus, you might think that Idris Elba's science fiction credibility is a fairly recent thing -- but as a clip of his second-ever television role demonstrates, Elba's pretty experienced when it comes to working in space.
Death and Taxes uncovered this cameo from Elba from 1994's Space Precinct, in which the future The Wire and Luther actor seems appropriately embarrassed and ill-tempered in the small role of space pizza deliveryman.
Not that you can hear that in his performance, of course; the producers of the short-lived show -- created by Thunderbirds and Space: 1999 creator Gerry Anderson, it lasted just 24 episodes -- clearly had a very specific idea of what a futuristic pizza astronaut sounded liked, and had Elba's dialogue dubbed in an impressively unsubtle way.
The result is something that you almost can't believe made it on the air -- but feel oddly grateful that it did, nonetheless. Someone, somewhere, is already planning an Internet petition for a Space Precinct spinoff starring Elba's unnamed pizzanaut. Get us a Dominic West cameo as his John Carter character and I'm in.