He is an actor, pro kickboker, deejai, rapper and clothing designer – so it's not a surprise this year's happiest man alive, Idris Elba, loves to have some fun.
Growing up in East London as the only child to African immigrants, Elba, 46, "was a good boy, but my parents are pretty strict," he says People in this weekly story. "When I was 14 years old, as soon as I was growing mustache, I was from there."
Participation in school for all boys was a little "cultural shock", acting actor. "There was a lot of locks, machismo, who is bigger than anyone?" She recalls Elba, who also played sports such as football, football and cricket. "I was student C or B. I could not sit in the classroom for a long period of time, it would be boring."
Once he found fame, Elba learned the importance of authenticity. "When I meet someone, I can read which part they want to see – if they want to see that guy on TV," he says. "And sometimes you're not in real life."
But he admits he has a "naughty" side. "I told you that my parents were strict, so I was a rebel," he says, laughing. "Sometimes I have a problem with authority. I am the one who says," Do not press the button, "I will push it. I think I'm curious. Not in a risky way exactly, what would happen if?"
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His current vice president? "Whiskey could be a bit, it's a slippery slope because it's a very sharp alcohol," says Elba. "When it comes to food, I could eat meat, much as a beefsteak."
The actor also has 10 tattoos and can easily be seen in the future. "I love my dad," he adds. "They are the guys in my life, I have the names and symbols of my children in my culture, since they are half of Sierra Leone and Ghana. I have a line from one of my favorite songs:" This train does not carry errors. "It was not intended to be cryptic, it's just an idea that you can transfer negativity or leave it at the station and proceed further. "
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