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Idris Elba: Fame makes me paranoid

Idris Elba has revealed he has become "paranoid" of people since becoming famous.

The Golden Globe-winning actor, who is best known for his roles in Luther, Thor and The Wire, admitted he has questioned his relationships with close ones in the past.

He told Loaded magazine: "You know The Truman Show? Sometimes you're not sure what's real or not, especially when it comes to relationships.

"If you're adored by millions, sometimes even on your own front doorstep you can become paranoid and constantly question, 'Who is he? Who is she?' I know I've been guilty of it in the past."

The 42-year-old father-of-two denied he is 'Mr Cool', saying he is well-liked because he is relatable.

"Mr Cool? Me? Well I wouldn't go quite that far," he continued.

"You know what I think it is? I think people like to see some genuine attributes in people they admire, you know a bit of relatability, I think I have that.

"And I think I've always managed to remain as Idris. It goes a long way in this business if people can relate to you. They believe in you more, they want to see you win more and they support you better."

Idris added: "I've been on both sides. I've gone to America as the new boy and come back to England as the old boy and I've watched American actors come here and realise immediately why they aren't relatable - you just don't want to go to the pub with them."

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