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Friday 19 September 2014

Idris Elba admires Kanye’s individuality

Idris Elba

Idris Elba believes Kanye West is an individual thinker.

The 40-year-old British actor stars in Guillermo del Toro's robot movie Pacific Rim.

Earlier this month rap superstar Kanye praised the movie on Twitter, which Idris has analysed.

"I do know Kanye a little bit, he's a visionary, a visionary artist," Idris told UK magazine Shortlist. "He's not the kind of guy who is going to make something to fit in the box. I think he saw Pacific Rim and thought that is something really original. It's nice to have somewhere that famous and well known acknowledge your work."

As well as Pacific Rim, Idris has starred in Prometheus, Thor and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. He's still getting used to the attention big budget films like this receive.

The star is often associated with his small screen roles in TV series like Luther or The Wire, in which he played Russell 'Stringer' Bell.

"It's always overwhelming. I still feel like I maintain a small screen presence. I go off to make Luther or a small independent somewhere now and then but I am feeling like I'm becoming a genre guy and that's not intentional. I crave to work with really good people who elevate my game," he continued. "I meet people all the time who say, 'Where's Russell? Where's Stringer?’ or ‘Stringer, you're cold!' One guy wrote me a thesis about why they should have kept my character alive. It was pretty deep. It was 18 pages long. I got through four pages and then thought, 'This is too deep for me,' I couldn't read the rest. The poor guy wrote the lot."

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