Idris Elba Covers Interview Magazine, Reflects on ‘The Wire’

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Published July 7, 2016

Idris Elba covers the August 2016 issue of Interview magazine.Pin
Idris Elba covers the August 2016 issue of Interview magazine.

Tackling the role of Krall in Star Trek Beyond and filming the anticipated Nikolaj Arcel directed The Dark Tower, Idris Elba covers the August 2016 issue of Interview magazine. Taking to a theater stage for his cover photo shoot, Elba connects with photographer Craig McDean and stylist Karl Templer in New York. Posing for dynamic portraits, the 43-year-old actor wears a simple wardrobe, consisting of an Officine General shirt with Dries Van Noten trousers and Valentino leather dress shoes.

Idris Elba Interview Magazine Photo Shoot

Idris Elba photographed by Craig McDean for Interview magazine.Pin
Idris Elba photographed by Craig McDean for Interview magazine.

Interviewed by actor and filmmaker, Jon Favreau for the magazine feature, Elba reflects on his career in television and working on The Wire. Elba explains, “Television is where I cut my teeth. One of my first jobs was in a soap opera, five days a week. And what I found is, although there are different directors coming in and different crews, you just lived in your character. It’s the nature of the story, the ongoing story, and it can get deeper and deeper.”

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Photographed for Interview magazine, Idris Elba is pictured in a wifebeater.Pin
Photographed for Interview magazine, Idris Elba is pictured in a wifebeater.

Elba talks about his breakout role as Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell on The Wire, sharing, “I had moved to America a few years earlier. I had to get a job. And this character came about, and I jumped straight in. And it was like, ‘Today we’re doing this scene in this part of this story line in this part of this world.'”

Discussing the difference between television shows and films, Elba says, “You don’t have the luxury like you do in films to do one scene per day. But what kept the quality control up was that the writing was so phenomenal. The guest director could just drop into the world, those characters and their environments, and start filming, because it was sewn into us. That was our world.” Read more on InterviewMagazine.com.

Idris Elba goes shirtless for a minimal photo, featured in Interview magazine.Pin
Idris Elba goes shirtless for a minimal photo, featured in Interview magazine.

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