Idris Elba may have raised the ire of some supremacists here in the States, but the British actor is planning to open a healthcare clinic to support sick families in his father's homeland of Sierra Leone. Born in England to African parents, Elba admits he's "embarrassed" to never have visited his father's birthplace or his mother's hometown in Ghana. To make up for lost time, he's putting together plans to increase positive health initiatives in Sierra Leone by teaming up with a cousin to fund a medical unit in the country.
"I have to go," the man born Idrissa Akuna Elba tells Britain's Observer Magazine. "There are plans, serious plans! I want to go to Sierra Leone with something—whether it's some sort of contribution to healthcare, or to the entertainment industry. My cousin is a nurse; we are talking about opening a clinic."
Other plans for the actor could potentially involve opening up a film studio. "If I could somehow encourage a film community to use Sierra Leone as the studio in West Africa to make films there, that would be really cool."
Next up for Elba is the role of Norse god Heimdal in Marvel Studios' Thor, due in theaters on May 6.
[via Shadow and Act]