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Idris Elba is ‘That Guy’

Idris Elba says few people recognise him in public.

The 41-year-old actor has starred in numerous blockbusters over the years, including Thor: The Dark World and Prometheus.

But even though he’s super famous, Idris doesn’t believe most folks gauge his identity when he’s out and about.

“I’ve been that guy for a while, where people recognise 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,” he explained to Details magazine in the new September issue. “But it makes people start to realise, ‘Wait a second, this guy is that guy.’”

Idris enjoys his lifestyle, even though he is often travelling across the world for work.

He is also a DJ and music plays a very significant role in his life.

“I flew in yesterday from Ghana to do a one-day shoot here. Twenty-four hours ago, I was in Africa doing something very different, and 24 hours from now, I’ll be back home in London with my family in a completely different environment,” the star shared. “And next week, I’m gonna be in front of a bunch of people playing music in Ibiza.”

Idris portrayed South African president Nelson Mandela in biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

And he refuses to take on roles in the future that don’t provide him with a strong challenge.

“You know, I’d just played this iconic human being, and the scripts I got afterward were sort of… disappointing… 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,” Idris said.

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