Idris Elba Dishes on 'Beasts of No Nation'

The actor chats about playing an African warlord in the new Netflix film.
2:22 | 10/21/15

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exploding in my face. Idris Elba is generating buzz for his role in "Beasts of no nation." He plays with a band of young soldiers and stopped by our studio to tell us about it. We were not here to come and give us. We are going to take it. Yes, sir. We're going to take it from them. Yes, sir. Seize it. All: Yes, sir. All of you that have never been listened to before and seen your family killed, you now have something that stands for you. And we are see happy to have golden globe winner Idris Elba with us this morning. Welcome. Thank you. Good to be here. Good morning. I heard that your character has been described as a charismatic warlord. How would you describe him? The human being ended up becoming a warlord because out of frustration. You know, he's basically a father ended up in an army that ended up running an army. I wouldn't call him charismatic but he has a character that has personality and has to bring in a lot of people to listen to his ideology. It's one of the most complex roles I ever played. Did you struggle at all with taking it on. Yeah, definitely. There were themes in this film, you know, dealing with child soldiers subbing children to just horrific things and I definitely struggled with that. You know, the kashth/director, we spoke about it for ages. It was like, man, this is tough. A character that has been thrown around about you, James bond. Any truth to the rumors? There isn't any truth to that. It's like the biggest rumor in the world and it's not even true. The author of the new James bond novel called you too street to play bond. Your response on instagram was something you learned on the street. What was that? You just got to keep smiling, you know. It's free. You know, for me like actors could certainly absorb everything everybody has to say about them. If you did that you wouldn't be who you are and you wouldn't be the person you are so I tend to brush most people's opinions off with a smile and keep it moving. I think that's something we can all learn from. Thank you so much. Idris, we appreciate it. It is a fantastic film. Everyone should go out and see it. Thank you, Amy. You can. "Beasts of no nation" in theaters and available on netflix right now.

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