Idris Elba: ‘It’s hard not to sound disgruntled sometimes as an actor.’

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Idris Elba is covering the latest issue of DETAILS magazine. In addition to being one of Hollywood’s hautest men, the 42-year-old father of two (earlier this year he and girlfriend Naiyana Garth, welcomed a boy, named Winston) is arguably a helluva actor. Check out a few excerpts.

On wanting to be an actor:

This is where my ambition started, you know? I fell in love with a movie—some live-action Spider-Man at the Rio in Shoreditch. Saturday-matinee situation, kids climbin’ all over. But I was just fascinated. I knew from age 10 that this was the industry I wanted to be in.

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On being disappointed in the types of films he was offered after Mandela:

You know, I’d just played this iconic human being, and the scripts I got afterward were sort of . . . disappointing….It’s hard not to sound disgruntled sometimes as an actor…Look, I know that I work a lot, but I’d prefer to wait sometimes because I don’t want to just do rubbish films anymore or characters that anyone can play.

On enjoying the dark role he played in No Good Deed (alongside Taraji P. Henson):

There must be some demons within me, because I sort of enjoyed having that rage. The other actors were like, ‘Oh my God, you’re terrifying the shit out of me!’


On spinning and creating music while filming ‘The Wire’:

Me and Wood Harris, who played Avon, and Hassan Johnson, who played Wee Bey, we’d book out a studio and make records of us rapping. I’d make the beats and chords—just fun, freestyle stuff.

On his ability to dabble in music and acting: 

All these things I do come from the same place. When I’m rapping, it’s kind of like this character that I put on. It’s a character who can write songs and lyrics really easily, so therefore I can stand up and do it too. Acting is definitely jumping into someone’s personality.


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