Idris Elba covers Esquire UK: ‘I’m two drinks from being in the tabloids every day’

UNF. Hot damn, Idris Elba is FINE. I mean, I’ve always known that he’s fine, but these photos from his Esquire UK editorial are amazing. Idris got the November cover to promote Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. You know what I love? I love that Idris is getting a lot of Oscar buzz, for sure, but I also love that he’s getting major magazine covers and some genuine Hollywood profiles. Idris has been known for a while, of course, but until this year, he rarely got the cover of a major men’s magazine. Anyway, some highlights from Idris’ Esquire piece:

His vibe: ‘Me! The way I live my life, I’m two drinks from being in the tabloids every day,’ he said. ‘I’m no national treasure. I’m a f***ing dutty rude boy!’

His old hustlin’ days: ‘You got to remember, I was hustling back then,’ he recalled. ‘And I mean huss-ell-ing. I was working the door at Carolines comedy club. Selling weed, 10 spots, everything, just to make money because the acting weren’t coming in fast enough.’

On the idea of playing James Bond: ‘If it f***ing happens, it’s the will of the nation. It’s not because of me. Everywhere I go people are saying, ‘You’d be a great Bond.’ And I want to ask them, ‘Are you saying that because it’s trendy or because you mean it?’ But you can tell by looking in their eyes they mean it!’

Living in Atlanta and London: ‘I have no base. I go from one job to another. As an actor, you have to sell out where you’re from because you’re playing other people. That’s why I DJ, because for one night, I’m me.’

Playing Mandela: ‘People are going to judge me for this role,’ he said. ‘I don’t look like Mandela, some say I don’t deserve it. Whatever. For me, it’s important I am who I am, as I present this piece to the world. I’m 40 and I’ve had a great career. I’m alright to be myself at this point. Look, if I never work again, I don’t care. I did my bit, you know?’

The first time people saw him in character: ‘We did our final checks, and then me and my troops walked in. ANC—boom! I had the haircut. Pa-pow! Young Mandela at his prime! I was f***ing nervous, because this was Soweto – that’s like someone playing Jay Z going into Brooklyn. But I’m telling you, man — people were crying. First take, I’m not even joking. First they were like, ‘It’s Idris Elba’. Then, ‘It’s Idris Elba playing Madiba’ (Mandela’s clan name).Then it’s like, ‘S**t—it’s Madiba!’ It was so layered.’

He won’t care about the reviews: ‘I got to tell you something, man, as arrogant as this might sound, I actually don’t care what the press think. Because as a memoir to Mr Mandela, this film is one of the greatest gifts I think we can give to the Mandela family.’

He thinks Prince Charles is gangster: “I was saying about Prince Charles that he’s smooth, you know, he’s got the ring, the suit, the slick-back hair… he’s a gangster! But as soon as I said it, in my head I’m thinking, ‘Aaargh!’”

[From The Mail]

Idris has talked about his affection for Prince Charles before – Idris really loves some Prince of Wales. Probably because Charles’ foundation, The Prince’s Trust, hands out scholarships to young people. When Idris was much younger, he applied for and got an education grant to study acting from The Prince’s Trust. I believe that Idris is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust now too – as is Benedict Cumberbatch. (Six Degrees of Cumberbatch, I swear.)

Photos courtesy of Esquire.


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  1. T.fanty says:

    Darling, PLEASE stop talking. You’re killing me.

  2. Anna says:

    So here’s my Q. The dude is admitting – in print – to criminal activity. Is this un-prosecutable? Bc of statute of limitations, or anything else? How come?

  3. Jen says:

    Loved him in Rock n Rolla and can’t wait to see him as Mandela.
    Tom Hardy is also a Prince’s Trust Ambassador.

  4. InVain says:

    Mmmm. Meat for breakfast. He’s so great.

  5. blue marie says:

    What? He’s been in my backyard and I never noticed, I am so ashamed.

  6. Lindy79 says:

    Good Lord he’s attractive..

    *excuses self for a few hours*

  7. grabbyhands says:

    He can come be a rude boy at my house any time he wants. Goddamn he is a beautiful man.

    And yeah, I think he’s got the chops to do Bond. This mofo is suave as hell, and god knows he looks good in a suit.

  8. CaribbeanLaura says:

    Whoo, this man is sooooo sexilicious (yes that’s a word).

  9. Jaded says:

    Argghhh!! My glasses just fogged up!!!!

  10. Mia4S says:

    So he was a drug dealer? Huh. Well at least he doesn’t make excuses for it.

    It seems like his Oscar buzz has cooled a bit but I agree that the hype is the victory here. He’s getting his name out there, and his handsome face. ;-)

  11. Savanna says:

    Hawt! And he is a bad bad boy. Can you imagine how dirty the sex would be *sigh*

  12. smee says:

    Well Idris, I just so happen to have those two drinks you need to end up in the tabloids, so please call me.

  13. Jayna says:

    I’m always in awe of him. He’s one of the few that have that old-school movie star aura about them because they have such a commanding presence.

  14. Huh says:

    This man just *does it* for me – for most women, I’ve got to assume.

    He is supremely, supremely talented. Stringer Bell to Luther to Mandela? And he DJ’s and can play straight man in a comedy (The Office, US) and does flawless accent work? He’s GOT to be the next Bond. No offense but Tom Hardy can’t hold a candle next to Elba.

  15. Megan says:

    There is nothing about him that I don’t love. I know I should be all pearl clutching about the drug dealing but I don’t care. He isn’t still doing it and lord it was weed, hard to care.

    I also love how he doesn’t play the PR game at all and try to pretend he is some great nice innocent guy. He is who he is, makes it easy to just go with it.

  16. Thiajoka says:

    Lord, YES! He’s is so fine. He’s fit!

  17. tifzlan says:

    I just want to spend nights with him. That’s all i want in life.

  18. Brooke says:

    Bond? YES! A 1000 times YES!

  19. Dawn says:

    Wow…I like him so much. I love his show on BBC America (Luther) and enjoy his honesty because he doesn’t sound arrogant just honest. And he always gives credit where credit is due.

  20. GeeMoney says:

    He’s a bad boy on top of being ridiculously hot and awesome?!?

    Oh man. I just drooled onto my desk. *drools then dies*

  21. Elodie says:

    .. THANK YOU SO much for this Kaiser, this makes up for all the TIFF miss :-D

    He is so rugged manly and all…

    Also his father passed away recently… Oh Idris boo… *hug*

  22. T.C. says:

    He can come over my house and be a bad boy all night.

  23. phlyfiremama says:

    I would LOVE to engage in some tabloid worthy behavior with this man!! Idris is so incredibly hot…

  24. Claudia says:

    Ahhh… he does not give good interviews. He sounds like an airhead.

    OK, so, note to myself: skip Idris Elba interview posts! Just look at the pretty pictures, and any casting news.

    On another note: I watched Luther for the first time a few days ago. OMG. SOOOOO freaking good. I can’t believe there will only ever be three seasons! I can’t wait for a potential movie.

  25. I Choose Me says:

    I like him even more for being honest; for not going the safe route in interviews. Man he is fine!

  26. Moi says:

    Damn I have such a crush on him. He’s perfection. Picture every word he says with his accent. Perfection.

  27. Thiajoka says:

    You know how some men think they are God’s gift to women? Idris IS that gift, as the reaction to him on this thread bears out.