Idris Elba, God of Everything, gave an interview this weekend in which he let a few spoilers drop. Specifically, that both he and Tom Hiddleston will be reprising their Thor roles in the next installment. He also indicated that he’s maybe not super happy about it. Maybe it was the jet lag (he had just gotten back from vacationing/DJing—what?—in Ibiza), but he didn’t appear to give half a f*ck about anything but his music through the whole interview.
“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.”
Okay, yes, it must be hard to go from a life-altering job like Mandela to some green screen reshoots but dude, suck it up. First of all, you weren’t Mandela, not even “practically.” That’s awesome that you really connected with the role, and with the history. But that’s as far as that goes. And as for the blockbuster blues you’ve got? Throw on your Superman pjs and swim around in your millions of comic movie dollars like Scrooge McDuck if that’s what it takes, but get over it.
Via The Mary Sue.