Idris Elba Shrugs Off His Sex Symbol Status In British GQ
Idris Elba is the epitome of cool on the cover of British GQ’s “The Cool Issue.”
Posing on the back of a sleek retro motorcycle, the sexy actor is deemed “The Wild One,” as he proudly proclaims “I’m not the NEXT anything. I’m the FIRST me!” While the Luther star may look cool as a cucumber on the cover, there is no denying that Idris is very, very hot to the millions of female fans that adore him. But, if you ask Idris, he’ll be quick to tell you there is nothing sexy about him.
“I’m not sure what it is they see, not to mention that, personally, I feel very awkward,” he confessed to writer John Naughton. “There’s no way all those women would ever sleep with me and go, ‘I really liked him.’ Some of them would go, ‘He was really boring or he was a bit aggressive or, urgh, actor.’ But it’s a compliment and it’s a massive tool to use in sculpting a career, especially with what I do for a living because I work in the face business. So it’s a compliment and I use it accordingly.”
Still, Idris doesn’t believe the hype about his heartthrob persona. “The irony is I wake up every morning, look at myself in the mirror and think, “Whoa, I look like a piece of s—”,” he revealed. “You watch yourself age and it’s hard to feel like a sex symbol.”
Idris also set the record straight in regards to the rumors that he might be the first ever Black James Bond. “It’s a rumor,” he said. “And, I have to tell you, if the producers of Bond thought that I was self-campaigning, it would be such a turn-off. I’m flattered, obviously, but I’ve been advised to just pipe down about it. Apparently, Daniel Craig said I’d be a great Bond. Daniel, why did you say that? Dropped me right in it! What an honor it would be, but also, what an indication of change. My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first Black James Bond. Do you understand what I’m saying? Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond. So, if I played him, I don’t want to be called the Black James Bond.”
As long as you still let us call you sexy, Idris, we are all good. The March 2013 issue of British GQ is on newsstands now.