Elba sat down with The Hollywood Reporter where he touched on the litany of projects he's working on and what inspires him to continue moving forward.
"I want to be Donald Glover," Elba explained. "He's the man. He literally does it all."
This is an accurate assessment. Not only is Donald Glover well-respected within the comedic community, but he also created a successful stand-up special called Donald Glover: Weirdo. In addition, the actor is praised for his ability to write and produce for both film and television. This has led Glover to write, executive produce, and star in the highly awarded television series Atlanta. That along with other projects like sustaining a GRAMMY-winning music career makes Glover a once-in-a-lifetime talent.
These are footstep that the 46-year-old Elba would like to follow. Like Glover, Elba is stepping into the world of comedy. In late-Feb. Netflix unveiled the trailer for Turn Up Charlie which is a comedy Elba co-created that focuses on the life of a struggling DJ. This role will not be a stretch for the actor as it is well-known that he has a love of DJing. In fact, he will even perform a set at this year's Coachella.
In addition, Elba is proving to be a knowledgeable student of Glover by following Childish Gambino's path and stepping behind the mic. In Jan., Elba hopped on Wiley's "Boasty" alongside Sean Paul and Stefflon Don. This not only created a viral moment but also propelled Elba to his first top 40 hit.
Outside of praising Donald Glover, Elba also addressed more burning topics like the controversy surrounding James Bond.
"I took the piss a little," Elba said when explaining how he trolled the world with a few James Bond tweets. He then went on to say that despite the rumors he was never formally asked to man the role at any point in his career and that the tweets were to remind people who he is as an actor.
"But I was also reminding people that I never got referred to as James Bond," Elba stated. "So, I was like, hello, my name is Elba. Idris Elba. It was a joke. I swear to God."
Head over to The Hollywood Reporter to read the full piece.