Idris Elba for Details Magazine

Posted on August 12, 2014

Opening statement.

Idris-Elba-Details-Magazine-September-2014-Issue-Tom-Loenzo-Site-TLO-1Idris Elba covers the September 2014 issue of Details magazine photographed by Mark Seliger.


“I’ve been that guy for a while, where people recognize me but they’re not sure why. I’d done a lot of popcorn films, but the reinvention came when I decided to do more of the character-driven stuff that won’t be seen by as many people. But it makes people start to realize, ‘Wait a second, this guy is that guy.'”



“It’s hard not to sound disgruntled sometimes as an actor.” [..] “Look, I know that I work a lot, but I’d prefer to wait sometimes because I don’t want to just do rubbish films anymore or characters that anyone can play.”



Jokey observation.

Closing statement.

What? Like you’re reading this?






[Photo Credit: Mark Seliger for Details Magazine]

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  • Audrey Lee

    AYE, PAPI!

    Holy balls he’s beautiful.

    • ConnieBV

      Not only beautiful, but also just the right amount of classy and self-deprecating. I loved the hubub about his possible p in a photo and how he dealt with it.

    • Michelle Gennari

      Well said! šŸ˜‰

    • lorepottter

      And british!

  • NMMagpie

    Hella fine.

  • International Model

    It’s not so much that he’s taking off the clothes he’s been put to reveal his chest, but that he has a chest that you want to encourage this behavior for…there’s a lot of men who really don’t need to do this.

  • rkdgal

    A sweater has never looked sexier. [raising hand frantically] I’ll knit you another one, Idris!! But I’ll just need to take your measurements first…yes, inseam, too.

  • @Biting Panda

    I need me some of that. Ok. A lot of that.

  • smh4748

    He’s too old for me, but I just don’t care. That third picture is delicious.

    • MoHub

      Not too old for me. I’d gladly cougar him.

    • ccinnc

      Luscious chocolate and caramel, mmm.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Chocolate and caramel, among nature’s finest pairings.

    • Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation

      Too old for me too, but they should’ve called this “The Daddy Issue(s),” I guess.

      • Badriya Al-Badi’a

        Are you connected to the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka? I’m a supporter, I volunteered there way back in 1990 (which makes me Idris-age appropriate šŸ˜‰ when I had a summer job with the Forest Service.

        • Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation

          I’m not, I found a t-shirt from there at a resale shop and was tickled by the name since I have used “raptor” in my online names for years. That’s so cool, though! I definitely support the work they do. Maybe I should change my name.. I was thinking of it as a non sequitur but I’d hate to have them involuntarily associated with my dumb jokes.

      • barbarienne

        As someone just a couple years older than Mr. Elba, I thank you young ‘uns for stepping aside. I didn’t want to have to beat you with my cane.

  • Capt. Renault

    As a straight guy, I don’t often get what straight women or gay guys see in a particular man, or even in general.

    But this I get.

    • @Biting Panda


    • Sofia


      • Caaro3


  • Caroline

    I’ll get the mop

    • sienna elm

      That comment – next to your profile pic – is hysterical!

      • Caroline


  • KingCrazy

    My loins are quivering.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Ovaries have exploded all around the universe, too.

  • sugarkane105

    He looks great but that third picture is pretty silly. Look, it’s my nip!

    • Sarah

      When you put it that way, it’s kind of silly to have no shirt on under a pea coat and sweater and a camel coat, as well. But damn if I don’t give a shit.

      • Aurumgirl

        Well put.

    • David Kresner

      Don’t be silly! It’s not silly at all. I can see his nipple.

  • sienna elm

    That second photo brings new meaning to the term “coat porn”

  • Meri

    Oh, thank you! I needed this today.

  • decormaven

    On a day where a smile is most needed, there he is. Thanks, uncles!

  • Emily Giovanni

    What does the tat say??

    • Meri

      “If you can read this, you shouldn’t be reading.”

    • OffToSeeHim

      It says “Property of OffToSeeHim.”

    • nannypoo

      Lion Heart. Sadly, not I Love Nannypoo.

  • Sobaika


  • MilaXX

    Is it Friday already? DA-YUM!

  • hughman

    I think it’s really sad we’re objectifying men’s bodies like we do women now.

    HA HA HA, JK! OBJECTIFY AWAY! *throws more meat to the lions*

  • OffToSeeHim

    Oh. My. Actual. God.

  • KendraMR

    At first, I was gonna complain about the crappy photoshopping job on his beautiful face, but then I got distracted.

    • fursa_saida

      Yeah, the cover shot is weeeeiiiird.

  • Emily Dagger

    Shirt allergies affect 1 out of every 2 super hot men featured in magazines. Your generosity can help.

    • venusvelvet

      I can volunteer time to help remove troublesome shirts.

      • Anna Vasquez

        And *I* will be on hand to remove irksome jackets.

    • Karen Belgrad

      I grew up in the “hair metal” 80’s, when I thought men just couldn’t afford buttons. It’s enlightening to learn their affliction has a name.

  • jen

    He should be shirtless more often.

  • gabbilevy


  • KT

    He’s ridiculously sexy, but that cover shot looks weird to me. The third photo in is the best. UNNNNNNNNNNNH

  • Anna

    Hot Sex on a Platter.

    • nancymae

      Much respect for your Tribe Called Quest reference!

      • Anna

        I wanna put him on šŸ˜‰

  • Vivi N

    Don’t like the cover and whatever smizing he’s trying to accomplish.

    The rest of the photos? Nice.

  • Sophia Finfer


  • JR Labrador

    I bet he smells really good.

    • quiltrx

      I like to imagine that he smells like chocolate chip cookies baking.

  • gitchygitchymama

    so if rolling stone is now cosmo, this must mean details is the new playgirl. yummers.

  • Danielle


  • Kitten Mittons

    I seriously did not notice until the third pass through that there were quotes from Idris under his pictures.

    I still don’t know what they say. I don’t care, either.

    • majorbedhead

      Words? There were words?

      • Kitten Mittons

        They are there, though I still can’t put them together to make any sense, because mmmmpphh.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    words go here, possibly with thoughts? oh hai!

  • Julie Ann

    He doesn’t know how much people like him, know him and want to see him in things. That’s very dear.

    • majorbedhead

      And out of things.

  • Leslie Streeter

    I didn’t really like the face in the first one, as he looked squinty like an old prospector. But then I scrolled to the chest and was like “Face?”

    • Capt. Renault

      You don’t look at the mantelpiece when you’re stoking the fire. To quote a friend of mine.

      • nancymae


  • the webmistress

    He is not giving good face in the first photo. It almost looks like the lighting is hurting his eyes.

    I know….no one cares. ;P

  • Anna Vasquez

    I kind of want that sweater just to keep it on my couch like a throw blanket, and periodically sniff it.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      and then wrap yourself in it and have the dirtiest, steamiest, sex dreams ever.

  • Kirstin McAulay

    aye aye aye aye….. I’ll be in my bunk (nerd alert!!)

  • SistaT

    He’s just impossible. Like, just beautiful. I just wanna hang off his bottom lip.
    I’m about to be incoherent so I’ll just stop here.

  • BellaLuv

    Lord almighty that is a good looking man

  • Coleen

    I HATE whatever is going on with his face on that cover.

    But let’s be honest – I ain’t looking at his face, and neither are you.

  • mickiemonkey

    That last picture could be a controlled substance.

  • bukker

    It’s all about that nipple…

  • Jaeda Laurez

    YES. That’s really all I have to say.
    Well, that, and “Thank the Lawd for cocoa butter.”

  • Wattage

    As….um…enjoyable as these pix are, it occurs to me that you don’t often see a guydatorial of a white celeb featuring exposed pecs in every shot. A little too Mandingo for my taste. He looks mighty good fully dressed, too.

    • WaterGhost

      Interestingly, the same point came up yesterday w.r.t. Rhianna’s pictures. I assume that Elba could have kept his shirt firmly on, if he didn’t want this type of picture (although I appreciate the cheesecake). And I assume that Rhianna, with her millions, has enough clout to decide on the general theme of her shoot – or at least enough backbone to walk out if she felt uncomfortable. But this is not my world, and I don’t know how the game is played.

      • nancymae

        I think Rhianna falls into a different category because doesn’t seem to have found a boundary she wasn’t comfortable crossing.

        • WaterGhost

          She might be. I really don’t know much about Rhianna – never listened to her music – just see her on fashion blogs.

          I really like Idris Elba, though, great actor and he gives a good interview. I’ve read a few interviews in which he talked about his mixed feelings re his “sex symbol” status. He mentioned a few times that he feels that black actors are not really considered “sexy” in the way that white actors are – this shoot may be an attempt to remedy the deficit – in which case, job well done – and he has talked about finding it harder to feel “sexy” as he got older – which also would be hard to guess given the pics. I’ll post some links to some of his interviews:

        • WaterGhost

          That could be true – I don’t know much about Rhianna – never listened to her music – just know her from fashion blogs.

          I like Idris Elba though, from his performances and his interviews. He has spoken a few times about his mixed feelings concerning his status as a “sex symbol”. He seems hyper-aware of his own image, with a rather sardonic view of the matter. He’s spoken a few times about the fact that black actors are not often considered “sexy” in the same way that white actors are, and that his finds it more difficult to consider himself a sex symbol as he grows older. These issues seem to be addressed in this photoshoot.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            For those who want to be knowledgeable about all of Idris’ work, he starred in a totally forgettable movie opposite Beyonce a few years ago. I saw it, it’s dreck, but the title at least is accurate- “Obsessed”, and Idris plays the object of obsession.

          • Kaonashi

            He’s also really good in the BBC drama “Luther.” That shows off his talent more than Obsessed.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’ll have to catch up with “Luther” sometime. My husband has a short out of town trip next month-might be a good time to lock all the doors, turn on all the lights and watch it.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            Those who really want to see Idris Elba doing magnificent work must watch The Wire. He does a Baltimore accent and everything. That’s where I first noticed him. To this day, my husband (who’s bad with names) calls him Stringer Bell.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            As they used to say on The Wire-true dat. That’s where I discovered Idris Elba. Learning years later that he was a Brit amazed me, he did the American accent so well. He made Stringer such a complex character.
            and never forget, Omar’s comin’

          • ShaoLinKitten

            Omar Devonne Little. My favorite TV character of all time.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            One of my favorite Omar moments was the episode when Omar was taking his mother or grandmother to church. I knew someone in law enforcement who told me that the different crews or gangs involved in the drug trade had an unwritten rule not to mess with anyone during Sunday church times.

          • conlakappa

            Find him in the “Sex” episode of Ab Fab. He was young, very thin but still very hot.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            More material for my girls night in!

    • Wink

      I concur. He looks mighty fine both fully dressed and with nipplage. I wonder if the hyper-sexual approach of this shot was at the direction of the magazine editor, or did Mr. Elba and his team choose to capitalize on his sex appeal? (Or maybe it was a mutual agreement?)

    • nancymae

      It would be interesting to know how many of his guyditorials feature this much skin. This is the first one I can think of. That said, I understand your point and now harbor a (very) little shame for salivating.

    • Tom and Lorenzo
      • decormaven

        Salute for providing this important public service!

      • Wattage

        Well, thanks for a truly wonderful pectoral retrospective. Do note that not every shot per spread features chest baring…

        • Tom and Lorenzo

          True, but several of those men are near naked or even completely naked in some of those shots. I just don’t think there’s anything “Mandingo” about this comparatively tame editorial.

  • Bexxx

    Is it just me or does he look high as balls on the cover? (would still hit obviously)

  • Lattis

    You know, for my money, Tom and Lorenzo just could not publish too many photos of Idris Elba.

  • kmk05


  • sundaynightaddict

    I *LOVE* Idris Elba, but I’m going to be unpopular when I say that not EVERY photo has to feature his nipples. And trust me when I say I’m nowhere close to being a prude. I just think he looks amazing in clothes and wish there was more of that in this spread.

    • kimmeister

      I thought that perhaps he had hit manopause and was having hot flashes during the photo shoot.

  • venusvelvet

    The last one esp is so OTT, I read it as a deadpan spoof of either himself or modeling VS style.

    • Lattis

      I do see what you and sundaynightaddict are saying. And yet, (I say this sheepishly) I still like to look at it.

  • Tanya Wade

    Sweet Jeebus, I don’t know what to swoon over more: That sweater or him in it? Oh please, who am I kidding? But seriously, that sweater matched with the nipple is a knitter’s dream come true.

    • Leslie Streeter

      That is a dreamy sweater though.

  • marlie

    I didn’t realize that I needed a dose of Idris until just now. DAYUM.

    • conlakappa

      Dosage recommended all day, every day.

  • Jacob Bowen

    Truthfully I never understood the Idris Elba love…until I saw that (ridiculous) first shot. And like someone said earlier today, I CAN’T WAIT till sweater season!!!!!!

  • majorbedhead

    ‘scuse me. Need to turn up the air conditioner.

  • Aidan B

    Holy mother of pecs….I was not prepared for this.

  • Bad Idea Jeans

    Thank you baby jesus.
    He is 100% of the reason I still watch Luther, because in all honesty, I usually find it too creepy to watch as a female person who lives by themselves. He is totally worth months of turning on all the lights in the apartment and checking under the bed before going to sleep…

  • Jennifer Bober

    I’m sorry, was there commentary? I missed it. I do LOVE him in Luther. Aside from the pure eye candy, the man has serious acting chops.

  • Beto

    Holy guacamole. When he wants too he oozes liters, tons of pure sexiness. +1000 points because he’s not afraid of white hair.

  • Lisalady161

    *Fan self* This is worth going through a hot flash for. All the yums in the world.

  • CLoverleaf


  • Tess Danesi

    Methinks a rescreening of Luther is in order to get my Edris fill. He is the epitome of sexiness. Yum.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Intelligent comment. Something about a sweater.

  • higgledypiggledy

    Mercy. He’s always been fiiine, but I wonder if he’s gotten himself buffed up into extra-good shape for some reason just now (a bet with Chris Pratt?) and wants the world to know and remember this moment? I know I’ll be remembering it. Often.

  • prettyinmink

    TLo…you are officially forgiven for yesterday’s Monday morning crapfest.

  • dash1211
  • nancymae

    That last picture. A photographic mic drop if you will.

    I need to get myself together….

    • Ali2044

      For me it was a photographic record scratch.

  • MinAgain

    He’ll do.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Hot damn nipples.

  • A_guy01

    Don’t you just love how they call it “The Style Issue”? Like all of the other issues are not stylish? I’m looking forward to the “how to spend money you don’t have on tacky shit you don’t need” issue. Or “the nipple issue”. Then they can recycle number three and call it “the thrifty nipple issue”.

  • The Versatile Chef

    Oh my.

  • GemFemme

    It feels a bit nippley in here.

  • bitchybitchybitchy hundredmillionbillion times YES.

  • Gaby

    Mmmm… a manscape as lovely as this should be framed.

  • Chaiaiai


  • tinyredlocks

    Annnnnd nipples. That sound you hear is me drooling…

  • evave2

    He is so beautiful. So beautiful. And I thank him for tweeting the mic story because if that was his unit I would never look at him without actual FEAR.

  • quiltrx

    Just saw Pacific Rim the other night, and the sight of him in that robot-battle suit is still hanging around. Mmmmm, the contours!

  • stubbornthoughts

    My hands are literally on my computer screen right now.

  • what not

    Not my type, but wow, that second photo is mesmerizing.

  • demidaemon

    CHEST. CHEST. CHEST. Awww yeah.

  • deech_sea

    Now there’s a beautiful man.

  • Sara Leigh Merrey

    Oh, there was text, not just pictures?

  • Joanna B

    Stringer can ring my bell any day.

  • fromanotherplanet

    I’m ready.

  • tetisheri

    Did it get warm here? Or is it just me? Oh lordy.

  • LaVonne Ellis

    Is no one concerned about that beautiful sweater in shot #3? He could just take it off, he doesn’t need to tear it.

  • AshBookworm


  • julnyes


  • Winterlight

    Delicious! I’ll take him!

  • Melanie

    annnnnnnnd i’m pregnant.

  • Alloy Jane

    Oh, I read it. Did I process any of it? Not at all. **drool**

  • Nat

    I typically love me some Idris, but I can’t get past what looks like coloured contact lenses. Aren’t his eyes usually more like dark chocolate than milk chocolate?

  • Kimberlini

    People keep saying that Idris should be the new James Bonds. I have other ideas for him. Let’s kick this franchise up a notch! Idris should be the sexiest, smartest baddest ass villain JB has ever encountered. A true match. One that will take more than a single movie to defeat. Not cartoony, just smart. The sophisticated Avengers, if you will.

  • Tuneful54

    It’s his smile and speaking voice that kill me the most, so while I appreciate this, sumpin’s missing.

  • TrooperSchaf

    He can even make man-duckface work in that second pic… that is star quality, right there šŸ˜›

  • Michelle Gennari


  • formerlyAnon

    I am boggling at the narrative of a move towards “character driven-stuff” accompanying a “pectoral muscles-driven” photoshoot.

    Boggling, but not complaining, you understand.

    [dear god but if that swirling coat photo is not photo shopped through his torso, he is one lean piece of actorly beefcake.]

  • e jerry powell

    That’s a lot of breast for a guyditorial.