IDRIS ELBA IS NOW A KICKBOXER, & THERE'S A DOCUMENTARY TO PROVE IT
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DJ, actor and notable James Bond non-candidate Idris Elba is adding another string to his bow: kickboxer.
Because Elba didn't prove to be terrifying enough as the titular detective in four series of Luther, the British actor has fulfilled his "lifelong ambition" of becoming a professional fighter in a new factual series.
Fighter will follow Elba on his physical and mental journey training to become a professional kickboxer. The three-part documentary series will be released on Discovery in early 2017 and promises to shed light on Elba as a person, rather than an actor or international DJ.
Elba, who did fitness kickboxing in his 20s, was filmed as he pushed his pain and fear thresholds and mastered specialised skills. He'll be shown learning from the best: former world champions, trainers and coaches will mentor Elba and the actor travelled to Cuba, Japan, South Africa and Thailand to learn unconventional training methods in an attempt to make him a fair match for the seasoned professional fighter he will combat during the series's climax.
The news comes hours after Elba posted a photograph of himself to his Instagram account with the caption, "two days before the first fight". His new physique caused some to think Elba was getting in shape to play Thor: Ragnarok, in which he is cast as Heimdall.
Elba's production company Green Door Pictures are behind the project and he spoke positively of the experience: “It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally. Entering the ring to further test myself as a human being is a challenge I have been looking to take on for quite some time.”
For most people, it’s a good day when Idris Elba is shirtless. It’s an even better day when he’s sweaty and shirtless, and for the past year the Academy-Award nominated actor has been sweaty and shirtless as he trained to become a professional kickboxer.
The 43-year-old announced in a press release Tuesday (August 23) that he’s physically preparing himself to go in the ring with someone who will most likely try and kick him in the face repeatedly.
“It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally,” the “Beast of No Nation” actor said. “Entering the ring to further test myself as a human being is a challenge I have been looking to take on for quite some time.”
The actor’s year long journey to top kickboxing shape will be documented in a three-part series entitled “Idris Elba: Fighter.” Fans will see Elba train in Britain, Cuba, Japan, South Africa and Thailand. The press release also stated Elba trained recreationally while in his 20s, but this fight will be his first.
This is no act. Elba–despite working with retired world champions–could very well suffer real consequences. Or he could go in the ring a whoop some a**! We’re hoping for the later.