If only some ladies can be that couch. Okay, let’s cut the drooling! Read excerpts of his interview with the magazine below…..
On formerly selling drugs & working as a doorman to make ends meet:
â€œYeah, it was, because I was running with cats. I mean, I was DJâ€™ing, but I was also pushing bags of weed; I was doing my work. I had to. I know that sounds corny, but this is the truth.â€ He says heâ€™d sell drugs at Carolines, and meanwhile all these successful guys would come through: D. L. Hughley, Dave Chappelle. â€œAll those black comedians, they knew me as a doorman.â€
On playing ‘Stringer Bell’ on HBOâ€™s “The Wire”:
â€œThat really is more about the writing of The Wire than it is the performance. You know, Stringer Bell is a great character that was written. I happened to play him, but it couldâ€™ve been anybody playing that role.â€ â€œListen, I think I brought Stringer to life my way, but The Wire isnâ€™t a classic because of Stringer Bell. The Sopranos was a classic because of Tony Soprano.â€
On his feud with Liam Gallagher following the NME Awards:
And then he throws on â€œWonderwall,â€ by Oasis, which is curious, because even though the mostly British crowd is howling the song back at him, Elba has been in the tabloids recently for an altercation with Liam Gallagher after this yearâ€™s NME Awards; the younger Gallagher brother removed Elbaâ€™s wool cap in an apparently disrespectful manner. Elba took issue; the two men got into it. So it seems suspicious, Elba playing Gallagherâ€™s song, and the next day, when we meet up again, I ask him about it. â€œWonderwallâ€ last nightâ€”were you taking a shot? â€œNo! Fâ€“k that idiot. No.â€
Basically, Elba says, he just gave Liam a hug and an affectionate rub on the head. â€œDidnâ€™t like that. Donâ€™t touch his hair, apparently. Fâ€“k off. Next time walk with a fâ€“king hairdresser, then.â€ Laughter. â€œWell, â€˜Iâ€™m a popular rock singer, so Iâ€™m going to be mean and fâ€“king horrible to people just because they messed up my look.â€™ Fâ€“k off. I played his song because his songâ€™s a classic. I couldnâ€™tâ€”I donâ€™t even know what his songs are about now or what band heâ€™s in now. No one gives a fâ€“k, yeah? He was popular when he was in Oasis.â€
On his previous paternity drama:
He was dating a woman in Florida, had been for a couple of years. They were living together and in love. She became pregnant and gave birth to a boy. For a brief moment, it was among the happiest times of Elbaâ€™s life. â€œThe celebration of having a sonâ€”from a manâ€™s perspective, itâ€™s massive.â€ He told friends about it. He told reporters about it. Then came the suggestionâ€”not from the childâ€™s mother, but from elsewhereâ€”that not everything was what it appeared to be.
â€œIt wasnâ€™t immediately obviousâ€”well, it was, because he didnâ€™t look like me,â€ Elba says. â€œBut it wasnâ€™t immediately obvious what had gone down.â€ Eventually, Elba decided to take a paternity test, which showed the child wasnâ€™t his. â€œTo be given that and then have it taken away so harshly,â€ he says, â€œwas like taking a full-on punch in the face: POW.â€
On when find out the boy wasn’t his son:
â€œYou know, the truth isâ€”like, even admitting it, I’ll probably get laughed at for the rest of my life. But it is just tragic, and it happened.â€ He looks directly at me when he says this. â€œBut I wasn’t knocked out. I stood right the f__ back up, and I ain’t aiming to take another punch in the face ever again.
Do you understand what Iâ€™m saying? It happened to me. I moved on.â€ In a paradoxical way, he says, it was freeing. â€œI’ve not been an angel in my life, eitherâ€”do you know what Iâ€™m saying? So to a certain extent, what goes around comes around. But for me in the future, Iâ€™m about being comfortable. Thatâ€™s it.â€
On getting “lost” in a crowd:
“As a kid,” Elba says, â€œI sort of blended into the background quite a bit. I wasn’t the guy that was a big personality. I was the tall, silent, quiet type.â€ Even nowâ€”I can attest to thisâ€”he gets lost in crowds. Walk into a room with him and watch him disappear. â€œI call it the invisible factor,â€ he says. â€œOn any ordinary street, walking down in London Soho in a cap, Iâ€™m just a fâ€“king tall black man walking along.â€