Idris Elba: “I only want to make characters that are easy to identify with”

This content was published on August 15, 2022 – 17:05

Javier Romualdo

Los Angeles (USA), Aug 15 (EFE).- Idris Elba, one of the most beloved actors by the British public and the favorite in the pools to lead the new stage of the James Bond franchise, is determined to lead to the big screen “easily identifiable characters” as the protagonist of “Beast”, which opens this Friday.

“I only want to make characters that are easy to identify with, even if they have supernatural powers or are not likable,” the actor explained to Efe during a phone call from London.

Directed by the Icelandic Baltasar Kormákur (“Everest”), “Beast” recreates the fight for survival of a family that, during a route through the African savannah, is attacked by a lion that sees all humans as a lethal threat for blame for poaching.

“It has something of nostalgia, it’s old school because of its simplicity. A ‘thriller’ designed to put you on the edge of your seat, which is also an outdated term, but that’s what we do in this film,” he details.

An hour and a half of fast action, straight to the point, hit by special effects and physical scenes, but with an “emotional” element.

The actor, whom many will recognize as Heimdall in the Marvel factory and Bloodsport in the DC Comics tapes, plays a father who, after the recent death of his wife, travels to South Africa, the country where he met her, with his two daughters (Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries).

There, a field trip led by an old family friend (Sharlto Copley) turns into a nightmare when they discover that a town has been completely devastated by an unknown threat.

Later, father and daughters encounter a mighty lion who, after seeing his habitat destroyed by poachers, is thirsty for revenge against every human being he encounters.

“The fight really isn’t between a lion and a man. It’s about grief, fear and family. What would you do for your family? How do you fight for it? In this film, the fight is not just physical, but mentally,” explains the actor.

Elba is convinced that beyond the impact of the scenes, the public will be able to identify with the background of the plot: “A father who has a complicated relationship with his children.”

“Especially if you’re being attacked by the king of the jungle,” he jokes.


Elba’s ability to withstand the weight of action and his innate elegance (in 2018 People magazine named him the sexiest man on the planet) have led this 49-year-old London actor to come out in every conversation to see who will take over from Daniel Craig as the new Agent 007.

But the actor avoids commenting on the subject.

“I have had a long career, I have played many different roles and my signature, by which people recognize me, is that the public can identify with my characters and their decisions”, settles the British.

For weeks, his name has appeared first in bookmakers where you can play to predict the new face of the legendary spy franchise.

Only Henry Cavill and Tom Hardy overshadow him, but in his favor is the fact that Elba would be the first black James Bond at a time when Hollywood is dedicated to expanding the diversity between its most celebrated franchises and characters.

In addition, the producer of the James Bond universe, Barbara Broccoli, has already advanced that they are “reinventing” what it means to be Agent 007. But Elba, for now, is silent.EFE



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Idris Elba: “I only want to make characters that are easy to identify with”