Who Is Idris Elba
Idris Elba is an English actor, rapper, and DJ who became acclaimed for his roles in famed crime drama television shows early in his career such as The Wire and Luther. The actor has since earned his way up to being the lead role in several blockbuster movies with many of them being a part of billion dollar franchise. Elba works non-stop and can be found starring in multiple films every single year, voicing cuddly creatures in massive animated Disney movies, continuing to have guest appearances in a ton of TV shows, and for being supremely entertaining on social media.
Why is he so famous?
After being an unknown for the better part of a decade, scoring random acting stints on UK television, including reenacting crime scenes for the documentary series Crimewatch, Elba scored a major role on HBO with the universally acclaimed The Wire. The show was a crime drama that was praised for its realistic sensibilities, thanks in part to being written by David Simon, a former police reporter. The show has become iconic and remains in conversation as one of the greatest television dramas of all time along with Breaking Bad and fellow HBO show, The Sopranos. Elba played Stringer Bell, the ruthless second in command of a drug empire, and the role opened many doors for the actor in North America.
As is the case with many actors, Elba has profited comfortably from having a role in a major movie franchise. First playing the role in Thor, the actor his played the role of Heimdall in four more movies since Thor’s release in 2011; Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War, with Infinity War’ being the fifth highest grossing movie of all time. The combined box office take of these movies alone is 4.6 billion dollars, and that doesn’t include the countless other high concept movies Elba has starred in.
When did Idris Elba make it?
Elba is not only a terrific actor but he is an incredible movie producer and businessman too. He has produced several movies and TV shows. Most notably, the actor starred in and produced Beasts of No Nation, which was one of the very first Netflix original movies and one of the first movies to be produced by any streaming service, paving the way for Amazon Prime, AppleTV+, Disney+, and more to follow the business model.
After he was an established actor in Hollywood, having major roles in Pacific Rim, American Gangster, and Prometheus, Elba starred in six movies in one year. In 2016, which must have been the biggest year the actor ever had and will ever have, he starred in Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Bastille Day, Finding Dory, 100 Streets, and Star Trek Beyond. Those six movies grossed over $3.5 billion, with both Zootopia and Finding Dory grossing over one billion dollars. Though Elba had appeared in several blockbuster movies previous to these, 2016 proved that Elba was a bankable movie star, and he would go on to be the lead in movies such as The Dark Tower and The Mountain Between Us.
Being a lover of most sports, Elba takes advantage of his hobbies be monetizing them and featuring in video games, most notably in the recent NBA 2K20, as he plays the role of the Coach. He has also promoted FIFA video games and voiced roles in the first person shooters, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege.
What makes him so successful?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t the only franchise Elba is a part of. Elba is smart enough to score these huge roles in franchises so that he can afford to comfortably work on smaller movies that are his passion projects. The actor is also a part of the Fast & Furious franchise, starring as the super villain in Hobbs & Shaw, which went on to make $760 million. He has also played the villain in Star Trek Beyond, the third instalment of the sci-fi reboot, and next year he will cross in to the DC cinematic universe starring in the reboot of the Suicide Squad.
Elba hasn’t forgotten his roots as the actor continuously returns to television for cameos and guest appearances, most famously for a good chuck of season five of The Office: An American Workplace, in which he quickly became a fan favorite. He played Charles Minor, a manager who found himself in a feud with Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell. It was a powerful role because it showed Elba let his guard down and prove he had major comedy chops.
He would even return to crime drama on television, taking on the titular role of Luther on the BBC series, as well as being the executive producer for the drama. Luther his an I ordinary release structure as each season has very few episodes (season four has as little as two episodes) and each season is released years apart. Luther had a massive amount of viewers in the UK, with it’s final season accruing an average of 9.5 million viewers. This show found popularity in the states as a licensing deal was signed with Netflix to stream the drama.
The reason why Elba has become so successful in Hollywood is because of his supporting roles as dominant and testosterone fueled villains, helped by his seasoned roles as thugs and gangsters on TV. He makes the great decision of starring in animated movies that seem impossible to fail, and seemingly clutching on to every single franchise in the movie industry, which is why Idris Elba reportedly has an estimated net worth of $20 million. In the coming months he is set to star on Concrete Cowboys, a movie based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy, which the actor is also producing. In 2021, Elba will return to starring in franchises in The Suicide Squad, which is currently in post-production, though what role he is playing in the movie has not yet been announced.