Check out my quick interview with one of the nicest and most talented men in the film industry – Idris Elba
A lot of your acting roles have been very diverse from a Marine, to a devoted single father, to a Drug Kingpin and even Stringer Bell – was very different to your role as a drug lord in American Gangster how do you pick your roles is it on purpose that there so diverse?
Idris Elba: Yeah definitely I want to smash out as many sides of who I am, acting is definitely an extension of your personality, you definitely have to have your idiosyncrasies when you learn your lines but you have to bring your own personality to the character. Honestly Matthew in the last five years I’ve realized I’ve got so many different personality’s I think I’ve got a disorder in my head (laughs), it’s hard to squeeze all these personality’s into one character so with every role I get a chance to show something different so I’ve definitely been lucky to not just play one stereotype character to pay the bills.
Yeah especially with the Stringer Bell character being so big did you get a lot of offers for similar roles?
Idris Elba: Yeah continuously, people want to see you play the same thing, just like if you’re a musician if you put out a banging hip hop album then next you go on a rock tip your probably gonna lose your audience but if you show your officially diverse in everyway I think people will go with you.
So how was it like working with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe two of the biggest actors of the last two decades?
Idris Elba: I didn’t actually work with Russell you know. Denzel’s intense, definitely intense. I haven’t really said this to anyone before but with Denzel when your working with someone at that level he’s at you just bring you’re A game, you’ll fall on your face if your nervous, you have to be a hundred percent and with Denzel he didn’t show up to the set, his character showed up to the set, you didn’t get any more than that, so whatever his character was feeling about my character that’s what you got, so if you shake his hand and his character didn’t like yours he’s not really shaking your hand, there’s no conversation or friendly banter because his character and my character had proper beef. I remember filming one of the scenes I said hello to Denzel and he kinda dissed me and later I realized he was in character but it pissed me off, I felt too myself fuck him then and that came across in the film.
His character took you out though man that was a harsh way to go you have to get him back?
Idris Elba: (Laughs) I got him back believe me (laughs). I like Denzel as an actor I’d love to do a film with him for a good six months and carve out some real shit and delve into the characters were playing and merk it you know.
Are the American audience shocked by your English accent?
Idris Elba: (Laughs) A lot of them don’t know I’m English, they’ll think I’m doing a great English accent, I have to tell some people I’m not actually Stringer Bell
How do you follow the football I know you support Arsenal?
Idris Elba: I try to keep up, Fox Sports have it I think and in LA there’s so many English, you bump into a geezer over there and ask what’s the score mate, they’ll be like (in an American accent) Arsenal played Chelsea today and they kicked some ass dude but the referee is an asshole dude (Laughs)
Have you got any last words or shout outs?
Idris Elba: Boy big shout out to East London, Forest Gate my old manor, big up Quincy the comedian big up my boy Boogie that’s my team man, I’ve got too big up Vanessa, Chantelle, I love coming back home and with the music and the films I wanna celebrate it back home in London and spread it.
Idris Elba will next be in Cinemas with Taker – also starring Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy, Chris Brown, Paul Walker, T.I., and Hayden Christensen
GUYS if your girlfriend is a sucker for chick flicks like mine is, you know your gonna get dragged kicking and screaming to this, just accept your fate right now like I have. Use it as leverage to watch films with her that she would NEVER usually watch as punishment. This is my least anticipated film of 2010.
Valentine’s Day is cheduled for release February 12th 2010 and stars Bradley Cooper, Taylor Lautner, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Garner, Emma Roberts, Topher Grace, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Shirley Maclaine
I’m really looking forward to this Shane Meadows is one of my favorite directors, Dead Mans Shoes is in my top 10 films of all time and I really enjoyed This Is England and Somers Town.
Le Donk & Scor-Zay-Zee is an improvised, low-budget mockumentary shot over five days which follows Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee. Fifteen years ago Le Donk seemed to have it all. Now his life is shit. Le Donk has lived, loved and learned. Along the way, he’s lost a classy girlfriend in Olivia (Olivia Colman), but gained a talented sidekick in Nottingham rap prodigy Scor-Zay-Zee (who’s been around for ages, his track Great Britain is a UK Hip Hop classic) AKA Dean Palinczuk (playing himself) whom he decides to take on a road trip that he hopes will change both their lives forever. With Meadows and his fly-on-the-wall crew in tow, Donk sets out to make his protege Scorz-Ayz-Ee a star with a little help from British indie-rock icons The Arctic Monkeys.
A few months ago I caught up with a very humble and barmy Gerard Butler for a quick and very random interview. Gerard Butler is best known as the Spartan King Leonidas in 300 which had the classic line THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAAAA!!!
When I spoke to Idris Elba he said you were very naughty on the Rocknrolla set what was that about?
Gerard Butler: I’m a naughty guy, I’m a naughty boy and to be honest most of these guys are pretty naughty. I can’t remember what things I done naughty though! But with me, Idris(Mumbles) and Tom(Handsome Bob) we were the Wild Bunch, they weren’t gonna cast pansies it was a bunch of naughty boys. It’s funny it’s like with them little bad babies, it’s not like they’re even trying, they just are, they can’t help not to get into the shit or fall into the toilet. Particularly Idris he loves to shove his own fist up his ass, it’s a party piece of his(laughs).
The Wild Bunch were the most relatable characters in the film for me
Gerard Butler: Yeah definitely, their the characters you can most likely see yourself in, their not the outstanding gangsters, the billionaire Russians, the junkies, their kind of just the regular guys who have fallen on the other side of the criminal line and in some ways if you fell into that you could become the same person. I can see myself in all of them, I think that’s why it was fun. 1 it was written that way, 2 you kind of knew you could take that to other levels, it’s funnier because their more regular guys, it’s funny with the situation they’re in. I think they are charming in a mad way.
What was it like working with Guy Ritchie?
Gerard Butler: It was a really fun movie set. It was a great script and a great cast. I had always heard that Guy was a wanker but he wasn’t at all (laughs) I’m joking! He was lovely though he ran a tight ship. His 5 4 3 2 1 way of counting down to filming was great, it’s a very effective way cutting down filming time but we had a great time.
You seem to be stripping of in all your movies with 300 and P.S I Love what’s that about?
Gerard Butler: (Laughs) Trust me if I could leave my clothes on in a movie I’d rather do that any time, but if I’m gonna get undressed I’m gonna do it as well as I can(Laughs). Whenever I hear people say that’s sexy for the few people that say that I think are you insane!
What was the roll that cracked it for you?
Gerard Butler: It depends you know, in terms of in the business with people saying that that guy can act it was in Dear Frankie, it didn’t make a lot of money but it was the movie that if the directors watched it something positive would come out of it, The Phantom Of The Opera was another one it didn’t do that well financially. But if you mean REALLY cracking it would have to be 300. I think there’s something to be said for sticking to your guns and doing what you believe in, because that will become the most effecting, I remember when I was doing Dear Frankie I thought the movie was a beautiful movie, I didn’t care it didn’t do well, I think it’s sad it got lost in the haze of marketing. But then again I made Dracula 2000 (laughs) and with that Joel Schumacher saw me in that and said I wanna work with that guy one time, from that came the Phantom Of The Opera so it show’s if you do shit that might even work out (laughs).
You grew up in Glasgow and lived in London are cities the same all over, do they have this sort of culture?
Gerard Butler: I think there’s a lot of similarities between Glasgow and London, there’s a lot of the same sort of characters they just have different accents, I think with every city and society they have similar echelons of that society middle class, working class, criminals from what I’ve seen.
What do you miss most about Scotland living in the states?
Gerard Butler: Two things mainly, 1 the people and 2 the countryside. It’s such a beautiful country. It’s therapy when I go back. Everything relaxes, the people and the humour when you experience that. I was with a friend from Scotland in New York and my sides were splitting just the way he was saying things I thought I was gonna literally piss myself listening to him, I miss that about Scotland the sense of humour and sharpness that you share with your buddy’s .
Gamer is in cinemas in the UK 18th September and is out now in the US
There’s a rumour going around that UFC fighter Rampage Jackson has been cast in the upcoming A Team film as Mr T (I thought The Game had been cast!!!???!!!). Not sure how good of actor Rampage Jackson is but for me watching UFC over the last couple of years he perfect to play the part he’s charasmatic, funny, is built (no homo) and is a also bit mad (see below)
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship world light heavyweight champion Quinton (Rampage) Jackson is in Vancouver to star as BA Baracus in an upcoming movie version of The A-Team.
Jackson has been removed from the UFC 107 card where he was set to face Sugar Rashad Evans in an Ultimate Fighter finale showdown, so he can appear in the film. He was spotted on Robson Street Friday afternoon, signing autographs for fans.
Been bumping this non stop since I’ve had Raekwon new album Only Built For Cuban Linkx 2. The track is produced by J Dilla (RIP) and is a tribute to the late great Ol Dirty Bastard.