In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel back in July, Idris Elba spoke about one of England’s royal family members, Prince Charles. He said about the Prince, "Has anyone met Prince Charles? He's the coolest. Smooth. Proper. He's got this ring, he's got the slicked-back hair, he looks like a gangster.”
Kimmel responded with, “"Maybe in England he looks like a gangster, but not around here.”
Hey, if Idris decides he wants to refer to something as “gangster”, you like it!
In his latest interview with Esquire
, Idris spoke about calling Prince Charles a “gangster” on Jimmy Kimmel Live
. “As soon as I said it, in my head I’m thinking, ‘Argh!’”
Just to clarify, “I was saying about Prince Charles that he’s smooth, you know. He’s got the ring, the suit, the slick-back hair… he’s a gangster!”
He spoke about Prince Charles being a national treasure. Could Idris possibly be one himself? “Me! The way I live my life, I’m two drinks from being in the tabloids every day. I’m no national treasure. I’m a f**king dutty rude boy!”
Idris also spoke to the magazine about his role as Nelson Mandela in the upcoming biopic The Long Walk to Freedom
. He believes this film is the “greatest gift” he could give to the former South African president.
On changing his looks to become Mandela, "We did our final checks, and then me and my troops walked in. Boom! I had the haircut. Pa-pow! Young Mandela at his prime!
"I was f**king nervous, because this was Soweto - that's like someone playing Jay Z going into Brooklyn. But I'm telling you, man - people were crying. First they were like, 'It's Idris Elba'. Then, 'It's Idris Elba playing Madiba' [Mandela's clan name].Then it's like, 'S**t - it's Madiba!' It was so layered.”
The full interview with Idris can be seen in the upcoming issue of Esquire, which will hit shelves this Thursday. Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom
is set to be released in theaters November 29.