He played the world's greatest statesman but nobody recognises Idris Elba!

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16 August 2014

Idris Elba thinks he’s “that guy” few people recognise on the street despite his fame.

Idris Elba thinks he’s “that guy” few people recognise on the street despite his fame.

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.’”

‘I’ve been that guy for a while, where people recognise me but they’re not sure why’

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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