If there is one British actor that I truly love (and I really do love a lot of them, LOL), it would be Idris Elba. I mean, he was absolutely brilliant during his stint on “The Office” a few years ago and I’m still not over the fact that they never made him a permanent character on the show. Well, the hot Hollywood star opens up to this month’s issue of British GQ Magazine, where he talks about his sex symbol status, aging in Hollywood and if he would ever consider being James Bond. Here’s a tidbit of what he says:
‘The irony is I wake up every morning, look at myself in the mirror and think, “Woah, I look like a piece of s***”,’ said the Hackney lad turned Hollywoodsuperstar. ‘You watch yourself age and it’s hard to feel like a sex symbol.’
The 40-year-old said while he did not take the label seriously, he knew how to use it to bag the big roles.
‘I’m not sure what it is they see, not to mention that, personally, I feel very awkward. There’s no way all those women would ever sleep with me and go, “I really liked him”. Some of them would go, “He was really boring or he was a bit aggressive or, urgh, actor.” But it’s a compliment and it’s a massive tool to use in sculpting a career, especially with what I do for a living because I work in the face business. So it’s a compliment and I use it accordingly.’
And bag the big roles he has after beating Tom Cruise, 50, to the role in new sci-fi flick Pacific Rim and being plucked to play Nelson Mandela in the forthcoming Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
As for a life as 007, he told GQ magazine: ‘It’s a rumour. And, I have to tell you, if the producers of Bond thought that I was self-campaigning, it would be such a turn-off. I’m flattered, obviously but I’ve been advised to just pipe down about it.’
Photos via GQ