Idris Elba Is Hunky on Details September 2014 Cover

Posted Wednesday August 13, 2014 9:13 PM GMT

Given his good looks and superb acting ability, it turns out Idris Elba is the total package that people are just now discovering.

The 41-year-old “Luther” star shows off his ravishing physique in his cover story for Details magazine’s September 2014 issue, and in the interview he discusses the evolution of his career.

Idris notes he was a bit bummed out at the roles he was offered after depicting Nelson Mandela in “Long Walk to Freedom.” “You know, I’d just played this iconic human being, and the scripts I got afterward were sort of… disappointing… Look, I know that I work a lot, but I’d prefer to wait sometimes because I don’t want to just do rubbish films anymore or characters that anyone can play.”

As for the fame factor, Elba doesn’t always get recognized in public. “I’ve been that guy for a while, where people recognize me but they’re not sure why, I’d done a lot of popcorn films, but the reinvention came when I decided to do more of the character-driven stuff that won’t be seen by as many people. But it makes people start to realize, ‘Wait a second, this guy is that guy.’”

Furthermore, Idris says he’s committed to making the most of his time while he still can. “I flew in yesterday from Ghana to do a one-day shoot here. Twenty-four hours ago, I was in Africa doing something very different, and 24 hours from now, I’ll be back home in London with my family in a completely different environment. And next week, I’m gonna be in front of a bunch of people playing music in Ibiza.”

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