Idris Elba Is Maxim's First Solo Male Cover Star!
The 42-year-old Beasts of No Nation actor is making history as the first man to ever cover the magazine alone. Here is what he had to share:
On the Bond rumors: “If I were the Bond producers and everyone was pointing me toward one actor, what’s the surprise in that? Honestly, it’s one of those things that if it should happen, it would be a self-fulfilling prophecy; it would be the will of a nation.”
On the death of his The Wire character Stringer Bell: “David Simon called me and said the character was coming to an end. And at first, I was definitely like, Why? But it was at the pinnacle of my character’s popularity. In hindsight, it was absolutely the best thing for me and my career to be able to move on. It catapulted the next stage of my career into megadrive.”
On music: “I would spend hours in there making songs, thinking no one’s ever gonna listen to this stuff. I’m just a guy that’s in The Wire. But I certainly put it all out there.
On breaking the British land-speed record: “I just like the velocity, and I guess I’m slightly addicted to the risk of it.”
FYI: Idris is wearing Calvin Klein on the cover. For more from the interview, visit Maxim.com!