Idris Elba is powering through his midlife crisis 007 rumours and all. He talks to Tim Lewis
Idris Elba is currently in the clutch of a midlife crisis- “really and truly,” he contends- but it is also somehow the most Idris Elba kind of midlife crisis. No gaudy little sports car or grunting Harley-Davidson. He’s not started dressing ridiculously, either: today, in a hotel chamber in London, the 45 -year-old actor is wearing black, from his Vans tutors to his fitted polo shirt. He has something like nine tattoos peeking out here and there, the most eye-catching being a lion, representing Sierra Leone, inside a wizard, the emblem of Ghana, on his right fist.
Instead, Elba’s midlife crisis mainly seems to take the form of saying ” yes” to new suffers. Untouchable as a intensely charismatic, swaggering leading man( The Wire , Luther , Beasts of No Nation ), he’s currently more interested in reaching himself feel unpleasant. He’s just sent his first feature film, Yardie , an adaptation of a notorious tale about Jamaican robbers in London. In the past couple of years, he’s filmed films in which he has done everything from driving 180 mph on a beach in Wales to flying in an aerobatics race and constructing his professional kickboxing introduction. He’s designed clothes for Superdry and he’s just set up his own chronicle description. He continues to DJ around the world and he even invents sings at weds if you ask delicately( as his buddies Harry and Meghan did ).
So yes, Idris Elba may be having a midlife crisis, but perhaps inevitably, he’s making it not at all tragic.
” Yeah, there comes a day when you get to 40, 45, where you’re like,’ Oh shit, I’m losing my boy, I’m facing 50 ,'” he says, stuffing salt and vinegar crisps in his opening.” You’re on this cusp and it’s not like you can acquire brand-new experiences so much better, because you’ve likely plowed everything there is. So part of this excursion of digging deeper into my panics is the idea that I’m getting older. I’m perhaps harassing to parties get,’ Fucking hell, he never sits still .’ But we all succumb, we’ve got plenty of time to sit still .”
Elba is right: it should be annoying. It should definitely be annoying that he decides “he il want to” drive a car really fast and ends up shattering Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 88 -year-old record for the” winging mile “. Then he learns to wing a stunt airliner and wins three professional aviators in a competition. Then he takes up kickboxing gravely in his 40 s, and wins his first contest with a knockout in the first round.
But this is Elba we’re talking about. By constitution, every chart written about him has to mention how beloved he is. And it’s true. Since doing the interview, I’ve met a man who appointed his son after him, and a pair whose marry address comprised almost completely of jokes about how they were both obsessed with him. Everyone from George Clooney to Steven Spielberg thinks he should be the next James Bond( almost a decade of speculation connecting him with the character reached feverish new loudness as we went to press when he tweeted,” My name’s Elba, Idris Elba .” Five hours later, he totally confused everyone by posting,” don’t believe the HYPE “).