Idris Elba covers the December 2018 issue of British Esquire magazine photographed by Simon Emmett and styled by Dan May.
“I got to around 39 and I thought, ‘I want a different career.’ I was an actor for hire. I’d done The Wire, Sometimes in April, Obsessed — a handful of movies that had made some money or made none. Commercial films. Some art house films. All were going in the right direction for an actor, but I was definitely lowest on the totem pole in terms of the creativity. The acting was very much, ‘Go up against this guy, then this guy’, say my lines, hit the marks, and I remember saying to myself, I’ve got stuff to say and things I want to do. But America felt like the wrong platform to relaunch my career, so I came back home and started to pull it together.”
“I don’t like the term ‘black actor’ in the first place. I don’t understand what that is. When we talk about Benedict Cumberbatch, we don’t call him a ‘white actor’. When you speak about van Gogh, or any other painter, they’re painters; they use all the colours in the spectrum. They don’t use colours confined to where they’re from,” he says.
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[Photo Credit: Simon Emmett/British Esquire Magazine]