8 things we learned from Idris Elba’s Reddit Ask Me Anything

The star of Luther and The Wire on playing villains, why he wants The Office to return and what spooked Nicolas Cage

You probably know Idris Elba best as gravelly-voiced detective John Luther or as Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell from crime series The Wire – but yesterday fans were given the chance to know the actor a bit better when he answered questions on social networking and news site reddit.


Here are just a few of the things we learned:

Despite having an eye for gritty roles, he’s a big fan of classic Disney

“I loved Mary Poppins. Classic, man, just classic! The songs, the animation, amazin’.”

He’s knows for a fact that Nicolas Cage spent the night in the ruins of Dracula’s castle

“Nic Cage came back one day on set [of Ghost Rider] and he looked a little bit tired, a little bit – kind of like he’d been up all night. So I was like, ‘Hey Nic man, how you doing, you seem a little spooked out?’ and he said, ‘Yeah man, I went up to Dracula’s castle…the ruins up in the mountains, and I stayed the night.’ I said, ‘What?! Why?’ and he said, ‘I just had to channel the energy, and it was pretty spooky up there.’ We were shooting in Romania, Transylvania, and he just went up there to spend the night, as you do. And then he walked away. True story.”

Despite appearing in the American version of The Office, his heart really lies with the British original

“I was a massive fan of the original The Office, The English Office. I just found that hilarious. And when I was asked to be in the American Office, it was such a big coup for me man, I was really excited to be a part of that, because I’m a big fan of the English office. I wish Ricky [would do] a comeback for the English Office and my character comes into it, that’d be great. I’d love that.”

He fancies playing a superhero….

“I would love to play a sort of human being that actually has superhero powers, like Hancock and like Luke Cage.”

… but generally he prefers playing baddies

“I find villains way more compellin’ to unearth their psyche. Writers love writing for villains because they can get a lot more off their chest, and it just means a lot more stuff for the actor to do. But good guys are also a challenge, because if you don’t get the balance between being real and being, you know, a stereotypically good guy, your character can come across as corny. So each has its challenges, but I think being a bad guy has more.”

He’s a popular man with the ladies

“I get asked to be married probably about 3, 4 times a week. Yeah, I get a lot of love on Twitter, there’s a lot of love.”

He still finds time to spin the decks

“Yes, I still DJ. I Just finished a season in Ibiza. It’s one of my passions in life.”

And we haven’t seen the end of Luther (which he also kept the red tie from)


“We are in talks at the moment to figure out a way to bring more Luther back to the TV, but the focus is to try and make a film from it.”