"There was a time when I was a job actor and I didn’t know what I wanted to learn from it – I just wanted to get paid." - Idris Elba
Elba makes two surprising admissions about his lack of readiness for the role and his belief that he wouldn't be on Sorkin's radar.
As civil war rages in Africa, a fierce warlord (Idris Elba) trains a young orphan (Abraham Attah) to join his group of guerrilla soldiers.
Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation was just nominated for two SAG Awards today: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for its star, Idris Elba. In the film, Elba stars as Commandant and by his side is a young orphaned boy named Agu, who’s played by first-timer, Abraham Attah. The both of them sat down with the LA Times to talk about working together and how Elba helped Attah and the other young actors in their first acting roles. Attah started out by telling his tale of ... Read more
"How is it possible for me to be in one state of mind, and then say 'Action' and go into another state of mind?" - Idris Elba on acting
Last Oscar season, Idris Elba was almost a shoo-in for the Best Actor race for playing Nelson Mandela in a Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Unfortunately, the British actor was snubbed, but the role resonated with his long after the cameras finished shooting. Elba dug deep to portray Mandela and spent time in the same cell the anti-apartheid activist lived in for 27 years. He explained, “It was about perspective. He was there for so long, that one room, sleeping there for so long – I had to do one night. And when I think about how my performance came ... Read more
As Hollywood gears up for awards show season, one name keeps coming up as a possible contender for Best Actor this year—Idris Elba. He plays the role of Nelson Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. With credits to his name like a critically-acclaimed role in The Wire and the BBC One mini-series Luther, the 41-year-old actor wanted to prove that he could take on the iconic figure of Mandela. He immersed himself in the character and even spent a night a Robben Island prison, the same place were the anti-apartheid leader spent 18 years behind bars. He ... Read more
Idris Elba talks to Gold Derby editor Daniel Montgomery about his incredibly busy year. He’s starred in Pacific Rim, Luther, Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. In the interview, he talks about the research he did to play Nelson Mandela, the prosthetics he wore and tons more. Interestingly about the prosthetics, he said when he wore the them, he literally became Mandela. Good stuff, especially if you like Elba. Which I do. Check it out below!
Ruth Wilson has a great off-screen relationship with her co-star Idris Elba on the BBC drama, Luther. “It comes from the writing, it comes from us working with each other,” she said in an interview with Vulture. “We really love the bantering. It is a bit heightened and it is a bit stylized and Idris really enjoys that.” Wilson’s character, Alice Morgan, wasn’t always guaranteed to make a return to the series. “You don’t know much about her, and she just drops in and out, so you want to keep it exciting and interesting without over-egging the pudding, if you ... Read more
British actor Idris Elba is having a year that many actors would envy. With Pacific Rim already released, he has the third installment of the miniseries Luther on BBC America debuting in September and the two upcoming films, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Thor: The Dark World, coming soon. He recently spoke to reporters during a conference call promoting his upcoming BBC America appearance. Elba talked about juggling a variety of projects over the last year. The Brit shared, “When I’m shooting all of this, it’s all out of sequence by the time it all comes out, so this year ... Read more
Who doesn't like Idris Elba? He's often one of the best parts of any project he's associated with, and Pacific Rim is no different. In the film he stars as the leader of the international robot resistance force.
Idris Elba had to endure some odd security issues while he was preparing for Ridley Scott’s much-anticipated sci-flick Prometheus.
"Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth Taylor, and Gandhi was played by Ben Kingsley."