Idris Elba Exudes Grown Man For The October Issue of GQ
The handsome British actor, Idris Elba covers the October Issue of GQ. In a length but interesting article, Elba gave accounts of how he got to New York, working in a factory finding out a child he thought was his- wasn’t and a modest view on his Stinger Bell performance. Check out a few inserts from the upcoming article.
On playing Stringer Bell on The Wire:
“That really is more about the writing of The Wire than it is the performance. You know, Stringer Bell is a great character that was written. I happened to play him, but it could’ve been anybody playing that role. Listen, I think I brought Stringer to life my way, but The Wire isn’t a classic because of Stringer Bell. The Sopranos was a classic because of Tony Soprano.”
On his days selling drugs:
“Yeah, it was, because I was running with cats. I mean, I was DJ’ing, but I was also pushing bags of weed; I was doing my work. I had to. I know that sounds corny, but this is the truth. All those black comedians, they knew me as a doorman.”
Elba was thrilled when he learned he was having a son, but it was short lived. He was encouraged to take a paternity test, which revealed that the son was not his.
“The celebration of having a son—from a man’s perspective, it’s massive. To be given that and then have it taken away so harshly,” he recalled, “was like taking a full-on punch in the face: POW.”
On his emotions on “Luther”
“Yeah. So ‘Luther’ came at a time where, you know, it was gaga therapy for me, man. Stupid. I was like, ‘I’m going in…’ And that is what I f****** did. I’ll tell you: I did that take, and I remember the room…Indira Varma, the beautiful Indian actress—beautiful girl… The crew were at this end of the room, all packed in. Indira was over there. And I fucking let go. Like, all kinds of shit happened in my head. I mean—blitz. f***** up this door, I mean f***** this fucking door up. The emotion was going so long after the fucking actual scene was ended that everyone sat in silence. Indira was in fucking tears; I was in tears.”
Read more at GQ after you watch the behind the scenes below: