Idris Elba Use To Live In A Van Down By The River

tumblr_mfdkvuZfnS1r5irzzo1_500well not really,
but he damn sure was in a van tho.
( x jaye hardbody ) spirit negro,
idris elba,
had some tough times before he made it big.
stringer bell was broke and homeless at one point?
i don’t believe it!
well yeah believe it baby.
after reading this snippet of an interview he had with playboy in usa today,
it opened my eyes to idris in a big way…

Before stardom, before The Wire and before his current gig on BBC crime drama Luther, sexy English actor Idris Elba hit a very rough patch.

“It was a wickedly tough time,” the star, 41, tells Playboy magazine’s November issue 20Q feature.

“I lived in a van for about three months. I’d had three or four years of unemployment, not getting acting jobs. I was watching Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes and saying, ‘I can do that. I can be right there with them.’ My (then) wife was about eight and a half months pregnant by the time I got the news I was going to be on The Wire. If I didn’t get it, I was going to leave the U.S.”

He also tried drugs. “At first I bypassed drugs. I didn’t start smoking weed until later in life. I’m not gonna lie — I’ve tried everything, just between you, me and the people who read this magazine. I’ve tried it all. I played one of the biggest drug dealers in the world on TV, so you think I’d know what I was talking about.”

Elba, who played crack dealer Russell “Stringer” Bell on The Wire, says he never watched himself on the HBO award-winning drama.

“I’ve seen a full episode at screenings but never at home. I’ve never watched an entire season. I’ve not seen any episode of season two, most of season three and none of seasons four and five. I’m super critical of my own work. As an actor, if you’re being told how wonderful you are, what do you need to strive for? I don’t know if I’m good just because some critic says I am in the press.”

He stars as Nelson Mandela in upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and says there were challenges that came with playing the part.

“The difficult part was inventing who he was as a young man, when nobody knew him. I’m five shades darker than he is, so the audience is going to be challenged by the fact that I don’t look like him. When I played him as an older man, with prosthetics, there was more of the Mandela we know, and I could hide behind the costume.”

Other highlights from the interview:

On his on-screen vs. off-screen persona: “In real life I’m a shy person. As soon as the spotlight’s on me, I feel awkward. Idris feels like he doesn’t have much to offer. I’m great at hiding in characters. When I deejay, I’m great at standing behind the turntables. If I go to a club, I’m awkward. Should I stand there? Should I dance? You’re not going to see me dance. I end up standing by the DJ.”

On regularly being included on Sexiest Men lists: “When I wasn’t on TV or in films, I didn’t get any special attention when I went out. Some beautiful people always attract attention. I didn’t until I got on television. So I’m on these lists only because I’m on TV.”

On how stardom has affected his luck with women: “I’ll sit in a pub and nobody will recognize me, I might see an attractive woman, but she doesn’t recognize me, so I’m not getting any love. Then one person goes, ‘Oh, it’s you,’ and suddenly they all overhear and start asking questions. … I’ve been in and out of relationships, I’ve been married, and it’s hard to keep a relationship when you’re an actor.”

those-are-tears-of-joy-ash-is-finally-deadI FEEL YOU IDRIS!!!!
*wipes snot in shirt*
hell i think he is about to be my spirit negro.
i would never have guessed that about his life.
he always looks so charming and mysterious on camera.
he spoke about me as he was speaking about himself.
i could relate to that article 110% as a creative person.
i’m extremely critical of myself and my work.
its a good thing tho because it keeps me studying to be greater.
i strive for the best and want to be the best at what i do.
way too many straight-from-instagram blogs,
as ( x boipvssy ) so eloquently said to me the other day.
you compete with them and get lost in the shuffle.
i hope idris’s confessions inspired someone reading.
things will all make sense soon.
we have to believe that.

lowkey: i love people who can share their testimony with no fucks to give.
 that does something to me.
i hate these “ive never had any issues just look at my fabulous life” people.
its like people are scared to be real these days.

story found: usa today

4 thoughts on “Idris Elba Use To Live In A Van Down By The River

  1. Awww Idris. He had is so tough, and sounds like he still does in a way. If I knew him before stardom he would have been on my list. He genuinely seems like a nice person.

  2. God bless this man! Once again, in certain aspects it’s like looking in the mirror. I really dig this guy!

  3. He could’ve come and stayed with me during those homeless years.I would’ve taken real good care of him.Mentally and physically.

    Idris is my number one older man fantasy.He had stiff competition with Blair Underwood but Idris came out on top…… of me.

    God, if I could only have one night with Idris he’d be worshiped like the Ghanian God he is.

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