Mr. Idris “The Versatile” Elba


MEXICO – One of my brother’s favourite TV scenes is from the best TV show of all time (in our humble opinions), The Wire.

It’s the scene where Idris Elba’s character, Stringer, the best fictional gangster on TV (move over Tony Soprano!), met Howard “Benny” Colvin. Stringer was a good cop in the show, especially to betray his oldest collaborator and friend, Avon, to the police.

This scene was so poignant because you could see the pain in Stringer’s face when he betrayed his friend.

At the same time, when asked by Benny if Avon had done something bad for Stringer to betray a friend, Stringer simply said “Nah, it’s just business…”

Omg! This is pure Michael Corleone from The Godfather right there!

This is when “A Star was Born” (shout out to Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga!) in Idris Elda.

There were so many unforgettable scenes as Stringer, such as the famous 40 degrees day speech (please look it up on YouTube, or watch the whole series on Crave TV. No, I’m not sponsored by either of them… I wish!).

Foremost, Idris is a really good guy.

The type of guy you’d want to have a pint of beer with and chat about the soccer (or in his case, football) match in the Premier League between Arsenal and Manchester United. Actually, for me, it would be a glass a white wine, but you get the idea. His laidback personally and his humble attitude make such a perfect combination.

He is also very proud to say that because of a grant from the Prince’s Trust in the late 80s, he won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre. This allowed him to accomplish his dream of being an actor. 

Up to now, he has continued to be involved in The Prince’s Trust Charity as an ambassador for anti-crime. 

Right now, I’m saving all my money to have Idris as one of my DJs for a very top-secret project in 2020. I can’t say much because then it wouldn’t be top secret anymore hihi. The guy can rhyme, and he can certainly bring serious beat on the dance floor. 

You know me by now my fellow Chronicle army. I could write a full 20 pages on Idris, but I think if it would be better for you to go watch some of his fabulous scenes as Stringer and of course, as Luther on YouTube. Thank God Netflix Canada has Luther for us to watch.

As a musician, a rapper, and a DJ, Elba was featured on a new track, called Boasty. You can stream it on Apple Music, Spotify, or ITunes. Again, I am not – repeat – am not, sponsored by any of those companies.

Here’s to the versatile Idris Elba.


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