Idris Elba is quickly becoming a big star in Hollywood.
He’s the title character of BBC’s detective series “Luther” and was one of the leads of this year’s summer monster movie “Pacific Rim.” (Elba is the one you heard yelling “We are cancelling the apocalypse” in nearly every promo for the film.)
In the October issue of GQ, Elba revealed that before his time on HBO he was selling drugs as a doorman and performing as a DJ to make ends meet.
“I was running with cats,” says Elba. “I mean, I was DJ’ing, but I was also pushing bags of weed; I was doing my work. I had to. I know that sounds corny, but this is the truth.”
Elba tells GQ that while he was also working as a doorman for a comedy club called Carolines where comedians such as D.L. Hughley and Dave Chappelle would pass through.
During the same time, Elba was DJ’ing at New York dive bars to make rent and served as a bouncer.
You can read the rest of Elba’s GQ interview here.
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