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Idris Elba Calls Marvel Movies ‘torture’

November 5th, 2014 by Andrew McCarroll 4 Comments

For a man more used to guarding bridges, Idris Elba has shown this week he is quite good at burning them too. In an interview with The Telegraph he spoiled a whopper secret from “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” by potentially revealing the movies post credit stinger. You can read what he said HERE.

He then bemoaned the fact he had to be on set of next year’s most anticipated movie as the reason behind his lacklustre DJ set the same day “That’s why I was p—– about my set yesterday. I really just wasn’t there. I was annoyed.” “It was a bit unfocused and I didn’t have time to prepare. All the songs were really new songs, and the mixes were a little bit unfocused. The audience might not have been aware, but I was. It was an atmosphere thing.”

This did not go down well with director Joss Whedon who remarked “should he receive an email from me, there might be an attitude of scold. When you have a cast of 19,000 people, inevitably, once every month, you pick up [a story] and you’re like, ‘awww’ [about spoilers]”

Should the leak result in the actor no longer being part of the Marvel universe, it would seem that would be exactly what Elba wants. He would go on to say that after playing Nelson Mandela the Marvel movies don’t challenge him in the way that I assume sitting in a white room and pointing at box sets of The Wire for Sky TV does.

“It was really weird,” he begins. “I’d just done eight months in South Africa. I came to England and the day I came back I had to do reshoots on Thor 2.” He raises an eyebrow. “And in the actual scene my hair was different, my…” He stops and gives an exasperated sigh. “I was like, ‘This is torture, man. I don’t want to do this.’ My agent said: ‘You have to, it’s part of the deal.’ ”

In the scene in question in the superhero movie, “I’m actually falling down from a spaceship, so they had to put me in harness in this green-screen studio. And in between takes I was stuck there, fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this f—— helmet, while they reset. And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela’. When I walked into the set the extras called me Madiba. I was literally walking in this man’s boots. [Within] six months, the crew, we were all so in love with this film we had made. I was him. I was Mandela, practically,” he insists.

“Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.”

Do you think Elba has a point? Regardless this does not look like it will end well as Marvel have a history of removing actors who they don’t consider team players, with Terrence Howard and Ed Norton not being offered a chance to reprise their roles after speaking out against the Marvel process.

Sorce: The Telegraph

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Andrew McCarroll never quite built on the dizzying career heights that he hit at 6 years old, when as a member of the “Ghostbusters” he would charge his neighbours to remove any unwanted spectres. Now retired from slaying spooks, he spends his time obsessing over superheroes (especially Batman) and devouring shows like Dexter, Game of Thrones and Archer in a manner that would make Galactus proud. You can follow his rants on twitter @andymc1983

  • Kicker2

    Very difficult for me to feel sorry for him.

  • Gingy

    What an ungrateful little fuckwad

    • Shawn Schaitel

      thats what us welfare people are

  • andii

    We dont really need him. It’s not like we can’t find a good beefed up black Hollywood talent that would be happy to be Bridge Keeper of Asgard. There’s so many lovely men in Hollywood who would really do the part justice.Particularly if they were looking to refill it with an actor of color … look … we’ve got Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Fox, Sidney Poitier, Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding, Danny Glover …. I know some of them would be quite costy, but the point is these strong actors would bring much more to the part than the plain jane acting of Idris. I dont think he was that impressive or menacing. These other guys have tried and true talent and arent some dog and pony DJ that nobodys heard of before.

    Clearly since his DJ’ness is lacking, the part of Heimdall is too much of a challenge for him. I guess murderous dictators who burn people alive with burning tires around their neck is more of his level of acting challenge (see Mandella Necklaces via google)

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