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Idris Elba drunkenly asked Ben Affleck for directing advice

Published 07/07/2016

Idris Elba
Idris Elba

Idris Elba wanted to ask Ben Affleck many questions about actors becoming directors after a few drinks.

Idris Elba asked Ben Affleck for advice on transitioning from actor to director while drunk at a party.

Reports emerged on Wednesday (06Jul16) that the 43-year-old is set to direct a feature film based on Victor Headley's novel Yardie, about a drug mule who goes on the run.

Idris confirmed the rumours during a chat with The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau for Interview magazine and admits he sought out the advice of actor/director Ben while he was at a party.

"I'd had a bit to drink, and I was super excited to see him," he recalled. "And the reason why I'm excited to see Ben is because Ben, like yourself, is an actor who can direct. And I've sort of been in development to direct my first feature film. I've done a couple of music videos and a couple of shorts, and I'm going into that world of the feature.

"And I say to Ben, (slurring) 'Oh Ben, hey, man. Bro, can you tell me ... I just, like, I think you're incredible.' I'm like, 'I'm so interested in that transition. You're an actor, and you're directing, and I want to know what you had to go through and how you're getting people ...' And at the time, he was like, 'Idris, just call me.' I didn't call him ever."

During the interview, he asked Jon for directing advice and told him he would be calling him for guidance during the project.

Idris' career has gone from strength to strength in the last few years and he feels like he cannot pass up any opportunities. Because of this, the star jumps from one project to the next without a break but he's aware he cannot sustain such a taxing schedule forever.

"When you break it down like that, it's unhealthy to have that much going on," he conceded. "I don't want to sound ungrateful or anything, but I sleep less, I'm constantly thinking, I'm constantly multitasking, and I really don't know what the effects are going to be when I'm older. I don't ever stop.

"It's almost like the more I achieve, the more capacity I have to achieve. I do worry sometimes about whether I'm going to burn out. Not burn myself out, but burn my art out, with audiences going, 'Ah, yeah, I've seen enough now, thanks very much'."

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