Idris Elba - Pushing the Boundaries with "Luther"

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Idris Elba talks about playing morally complex characters in the film "Beasts of No Nation" and on the BBC America series "Luther." (5:06)

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>> Trevor: PLEASE WELCOME IDRISELBA!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> HELLO.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Trevor: THANK YOU FORBEING HERE.

>> THAT WAS PRETTY -->> Trevor: THAT WAS INTENSE.

>> THAT WAS INTENSE, YEAH.

>> Trevor: THAT WAS INTENSE.

I'M UP TO DATE WITH "LUTHER,"BUT I HAVEN'T SEEN THE NEW STUFF

THAT'S COMEING OUT.

I HAVEN'T SEEN YOU FIGHT LIKETHAT BEFORE.

>> NO.

>> Trevor: DID YOU PICK UPSOME NEW--

>> I WAS WATCHING THAT AND WASLIKE WHOA!

>> Trevor: THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR BEING HERE.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

I'M A BIG FAN.

>> Trevor: REALLY?

>> YEAH, YOU'RE FUNNY.

>> Trevor: I CAN'T FIGURE OUTIF YOU'RE COOLER AS YOUR

CHARACTERS OR AS YOURSELF.

I'M LIKE-- I DON'T KNOW IF IWANT THE DUDE FROM THE WIRE OR

THE REAL GUY.

WHEN I MET YOU, I WAS LIKE,OKAY, THIS IS COOL.

AND THEN YOU HAVE A BODY GUARD,AND I'M LIKE, "BUT WHY?"

IT'S LIKE A WEIRD THING.

IT'S LIKE, "YEAH, LET ME PROTECTYOU FROM HIM."

>> NO, IT'S FOR THE LADIES.

>> Trevor: OH!

( LAUGHTER )

OH, MAN!

BIG FAN OF EVERYTHING YOU'REDOING.

SO MANY THINGS THAT YOU'REDOING.

FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WATCHED"BEASTS OF NO NATION."

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, COMMANDER.

POWERFUL STUFF.

THAT WAS AN AMAZING FILM.

FOR YOU, WORKING IN THATENVIRONMENT WITH THAT STORY,

THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WASCLOSE TO YOU? THAT WAS CLOSE TO

HOME FOR YOU.

>> A LITTLE BIT, YEAH.

THE CHILD SOLDIERS, YOU KNOW, MYPARENTS COME FROM SIERRA LEONE.

SIERRA LEONE IS RAVAGED AND ALOT OF CHILDREN WERE USED IN

THAT WAR.

MY FAMILY TO ONE DEGREE ORANOTHER GOT EMBROILED INTO THAT,

SO IT WAS VERY SENSITIVE TO ME.

WHEN I DECIDED TO MAKE THATMOVIE I CAME INTO THE MOVIE SORT

OF, LIKE, LATE IF THE PROCESS,BUT THE DIRECTOR, HE DID "TRUE

DETECTIVE" YOU KNOW, HE HAD BEENCARRYING THAT SCRIPT FOR SIX

YEARS AND I JUMPED ON BOARD ANDSORT OF HELPED IT COME TOGETHER.

IT WAS A VERY PERSONAL FILM.

>> Trevor: IT WAS AN AMAZINGFILM.

YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE OF THOSEMOVIES WHERE YOU HATE THE LEAD

CHARACTER BECAUSE YOU PLAY-- IMEAN-- LOVE YOU, AND THEN I HATE

YOU IN THE FILM.

YOU'RE NOT A GOOD GUY.

YOU'RE A BAD GUY.

BUT THERE ARE SO MANY ELEMENTSTO IT AND THE ROLE THAT THE THE

KIDS PLAY-- THOSE KIDS WEREAMAZING.

>> THE CHILD ACTORS WEREINCREDIBLE AND MOST OF THEM HAD

NEVER ACTED BEFORE.

IT WAS A FIRST-TIME EXPERIENCE.

>> Trevor: YOU'VE PLAYEDEVERYTHING NOW.

YOU HAVE PLAYED A WARLORD.

YOU PLAYED NELSON MANDELA, WHICHWAS FANTASTIC.

ARE YOU GOING TO PLAY JAMESBOND?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> YOU KNOW, I'VE STOPPEDREALLY TALKING ABOUT JAMES BOND

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IT REALLYIS ONE OF THESE BIG, BIG RUMORS.

I'M DEFINITELY COMPLIMENTED BYIT, NOW DOUBT.

HE'S A GREAT, BIG, ICONICCHARACTER BUT THERE'S NO TRUTH

TO THE RUMOR, THAT'S ALL.

>> Audience: OOOH!

>> I'M SORRY, LADIES.

I'M TRYING IT MAKE "LUTHE"R INTOA GREAT CHARACTER.

>> Trevor: LET'S TALK ABOUT"LUTHER."

IT WAS AN EPIC SHOW THAT BLEWUP.

IT WAS BIG IN THE U.K., THAT'SWHERE I FIRST SAW IT, AND THEN

IN THE U.S.

YOU PLAY COMPLEX CHARACTERS.

LUTHER, AGAIN, IS A GOOD GUY BUTHE DOESN'T DO THINGS IN THE

RIGHT WAY.

>> YEAH.

HE IS A COMPLEX CHARACTER.

AND I THINK-- I'M DRAWN TO THOSETYPE OF CHARACTERS BECAUSE I'M

SUCH A SIMPLETON IN REAL LIFE,UNWHAT I MEAN?

THERE'S NOTHING TO ME, YOU KNOW,SO I PLAY-- I PLAY COMPLEX

CHARACTERS.

BUT I ENJOY THAT GUY.

I ENJOY THAT ROLE.

YOU KNOW, IT'S YOUR ARCHTYPALDETECTIVE, TORTURED DETECTIVE.

I THINK WE PUSHED THE BOUNDARIESAND MADE HIM MORE A SUPERHERO.

>> Trevor: IT IS DEFINITELYPUSHING THE BOUNDARIES.

WATCHING AS AN AMERICAN IT MUSTBE WEIRD TO SEE A BLACK COP

BEATING UP WHITE PEOPLE.

THAT MUST BE A STRANGE THING FORPEOPLE TO SEE.

NOW, THIS SPECIAL HAPPENING INAMERICA IS GOING TO BE THREE

HOURS.

>> TWO HOURS TWO HOURS SORT OFMOVIE EDITION OF "LUTHER."

>> Trevor: ARE YOU GOING TOMAKE A MOVIE?

ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE SOMETHING?

>> WE'RE AIMING THAT WAY.

WE STARTED OFF FIRST SEASON SIXEPISODES, AND THEN WE DID, I

THINK, FOUR EPISODES, AND THENTHREE.

AND NOW WE'RE DOING TWO.

SO I'M KIND OF GETTING THEAUDIENCE READY--

>> Trevor: YOU'RE GETTING ITDOWN TO A VINE.

SOON IT WILL BE SIX SECONDS.

IT WILL BE "LUTHER," AND THEND.C., JOHN LUTHER.

I'M EXCITED FOR EVERYTHINGYOU'RE DOING.

>> JUST FIGHTING.

>> Trevor: I'M EXCITED FOR YOU.

WE LOVE YOU.

WE HONOR YOU.

YOU'RE AMAZING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEINGHERE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Trevor: "LUTHER" WILL AIR ASA ONE-NIGHT SPECIAL DECEMBER 17

ON BBC AMERICA.

"BEAST OF NO NATION" IS ONNETFLIX.

IDRIS ELBA EVERYBODY!