Say it ain’t so! Idris Elba might be making a career change and move on to professional kickboxing and the reason why will shock you!
What is happening? Could Idris Elba, 43, be leaving the acting life behind? The actor who gave audiences such memorable performances as Stringer Bell on HBO’s The Wire and his Golden Globe winning performance as a troubled detective in the BBC’s Luther says he’s thinking about stepping back from the acting gig.
“I try not to watch my own stuff or read what’s said about me. It helps me to stay grounded,” he told British magazine Closer. “I concentrate on things like my music and DJ-ing; things like that have nothing to do with acting. Celebrity culture can damage your psyche; if you believe what’s said about you, you’re floating on Cloud 9, which isn’t real.”
Idris explained he reminds himself to stay humble despite his enormous success. “I’m no different to anybody else; I just happen to be in the public eye,” he said. He has definitely been spending more time training for the ring after a successful fight back in October 2016, which he won. Props! He’s even filmed a documentary called “Fighter” about his journey.
Idris’s mom even attended the match and could not help worrying about her son. How sweet is that? “In between rounds I could hear her saying things like: ‘Drink some water, don’t let him kick you in the head, what are you doing this for? Do you need your asthma inhaler?’ I was like, ‘Mom, please be quiet!’” he said with a laugh. Aw that’s just so sweet! Well we’re hoping Idris keeps having fun with his music and in the ring, but still manages to find time for an occasional movie or TV role.
HollywoodLifers, will you be heartbroken if Idris stops acting? Tell us in the comments below!