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The long and short of it is that I am now in a position in England to green light movies, and that's really excellent, not high-budget movies, but movies none the less.
Now there are certain things you have to prepare, like dialect and special skills. But in the moment, interaction between two characters on the page doesn't need, for me, I don't need to prepare that.
In 'Pacific Rim' I had to have a haircut I wouldn't usually rock. However, the moustache I had in the film, that might have to come out again. It was a good moustache. Good times.
I'm rebelling against being handed a career, like, 'You're the next this; you're the next that.' I'm not the next anything, I'm the first me. I can't be myself, I can't just be Idris Elba. But that's just the nature of the business.
I want to go to Sierra Leone with something, whether it's some sort of contribution to healthcare, or to the entertainment industry. My cousin is a nurse; we are talking about opening a clinic.
I think there's a tendency for actors like myself, and I don't mean to generalize myself, but I've played 'men's men,' if you will, characters that are simmering rage and calculated. There's a trend not to play anything that is opposed to that.
I have one of these bodies. When I was younger, I could never put weight on, and now that I'm a little older, there's a natural sort of chubbiness coming. But honestly, if I work out for a week, it drops off in no time.
Because I was big, I didn't have to listen to anyone doubting me. I was just considered good at football or whatever, there were no questions about it.
Whether it's music or acting, that creativity all comes from the same source.
There's a fast-track if you can do the networking. For some personalities it works, but for mine it doesn't.
The less I talk about being black, the better.
Not obsessed with particularly Nike, but sneakers in general. I love them.
I think 'The Wire' really is relatable. It reflects an ongoing issue across America, about inaccuracies in major cities between rich and the poor and some of the things that go on behind the red tape of council and government bodies.
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