Idris Elba — DETAILS Magazine's Sexy September 2014 Cover Guy
written by Natasha
Oh, hey there Idris. Or, Big Driis since we’re nasty. The star of the upcoming flick No Good Deed is looking all kinds of sexy as DETAilS Magazine’s September 2014 cover guy. Check the pics inside, plus what he says about his unstoppable career and more…
41-year-old actor Idris Elba is getting his due. And our fave British import is talking about what got him there and his work ethic as a professional and a dad (to both daughter Isan and baby boy Winston). From working the door as a bouncer at nightclubs…to this.
On his DJ, rapper, actor multiple personalities: “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.”
On his extremely hectic and “random” life as a global star...and a dad: “I flew in yesterday from Ghana to do a one-day shoot here [in L.A.]…Twenty-four hours ago, I was in Africa doing something very different, and 24 hours from now, I’ll be back home in London with my family in a completely different environment. And next week, I’m gonna be in front of a bunch of people playing music in Ibiza.”
“It’s very, very random, but part of me is used to it,” he says. “It’s become my life’s pattern. And I think I’ve always been this way—this variedness is a part of my personality. I’m not schizophrenic or anything, but literally one day to the next, I can become very different people.”
On reinventing himself: “I’ve been that guy for a while, where people recognize me but they’re not sure why. I’d done a lot of popcorn films, but the reinvention came when I decided to do more of the character-driven stuff that won’t be seen by as many people. But it makes people start to realize, ‘Wait a second, this guy is that guy.’”
On being a selective actor: “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.”
More pics from Idris’ cover spread:
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Photographs by Mark Seliger