Idris Elba Quotes

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Idris Elba Quotes

Africans, we hold on to our youths and whip them into shape.
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Are there differences between black actors' opportunities and white actors' opportunities? Yes, there are. It's been said.

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I was always a real athletic kid. Then when I got older, I just figured it was part of life to keep training.

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When I look at my body of work, I've played a lot of characters who are morally conflicted - 'I'm right, no I'm wrong, I don't know what to do!' I want to play more characters who don't care as much, and who aren't as measured. They are what they are, no apologies.

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I've been DJing mostly, and most DJs end up producing. That's just me.

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I get criticized for taking roles in films like 'Ghost Rider 2', but if you look at my resume, dude, I've mixed it up as much as I can.

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As an actor, you're trained to do the right thing, be politically correct, say your lines, say the right thing about the people you're working with.

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Africans, we hold on to our youths and whip them into shape.

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When I was a kid, I thought it was tough.

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If you are going to call a film a 'black film' then you have to make a film that represents everyone that's black, which is almost impossible. That is why white films are not called white films, they are just called 'films.'

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I've always been DJing; it's just I'm making more of a push for it, making it more public.

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There has been a big debate about it: can a black man play a Nordic character?

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I was cast in 'Thor' and I'm cast as a Nordic god. If you know anything about the Nords, they don't look like me but there you go. I think that's a sign of the times for the future. I think we will see multi-level casting. I think we will see that, and I think that's good.

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The role of my agent has just been to get me in the room. If I can get in the room - say the character is just a charming man who lives next door - then I'll walk in there and be as charming as I can and they will think to themselves, 'I don't see why we can't cast him.'

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What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world.

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When you come from an under-privileged background, oftentimes, you feel a little overwhelmed by your education or your lack of.

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I'll always be attached to telly in one way or another, whether it's a character or producer or director, I just love the medium.

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I find that a lot of actors who are good and open to challenges have lived a full life. When you walk into an audition, you have more to say for yourself because you come from the real world. It's more enticing for directors, I think.

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