"It was deeply important for me to understand where Mandela came from. Because we know where he was going, and that's a famous story, but who was he? Where did he come from? What was his upbringing?"
"Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes."Idris Elba on Andy Warhol
"I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous."Idris Elba on Walt Disney
"What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous."Idris Elba on Voltaire
"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free."Idris Elba on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable."Idris Elba on Ambrose Bierce
"You watch yourself age and it's hard to feel like a sex symbol."
"It's really funny because the same people who loved me as Stringer Bell were the same people that were watching 'Daddy's Little Girls' literally in tears."
"I was cast in 'Thor' and I'm cast as a Nordic god. If you know anything about the Nords, they don't look like me but there you go. I think that's a sign of the times for the future. I think we will see multi-level casting. I think we will see that, and I think that's good."
"White actors still get way more money in Hollywood. It's been that way for a very long time. I hope it'll change, but it's a matter of forcing that change."
"There's the argument that you can relate to someone who's completely unrelatable. In the way that a director shows you his imagination on a film, then I get to show you my imagination in a big dumb character."