Idris Elba has been a busy man for a while now and, sometimes, that can lead to some exhausting moments on set. Juggling projects the way he has- with a slate of films that includes projects both big and small, both serious and blockbuster-y- can wear on your psyche if you're an actor who takes pride in his work.
"It was really weird,” Elba recounts to the Telegraph, talking about a day where the transition between projects was particularly tough. “I’d just done eight months in South Africa [on Mandela]. I came to England and the day I came back I had to do reshoots on Thor 2. And in the actual scene my hair was different, my…” He stops himself with a sigh. “I was like, ‘This is torture, man. I don’t want to do this.’ My agent said: ‘You have to, it’s part of the deal.’ ”
"I’m actually falling down from a spaceship, so they had to put me in harness in this green-screen studio," says the actor, describing the scene he had to do for Thor: The Dark World that day. "And in between takes I was stuck there, fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this f------ helmet, while they reset. And I’m thinking: ‘24 hours ago, I was Mandela’. When I walked into the set the extras called me Madiba. I was literally walking in this man’s boots. [Within] six months, the crew, we were all so in love with this film we had made. I was him. I was Mandela, practically,” the actor emphatically states.
“Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out," Elba concludes.
Yes, days like those are par for the course when you're committed to a multi-picture deal with a machine like Marvel. But don't take these heavy words as a sign that Elba is about to pull a Hugo Weaving and divorce himself from the MCU. During his candid chat with the Telegraph, the actor also let slip this little tidbit:
Both his Heimdall and fan-favorite Tom Hiddleston's Loki will be appearing in Avengers: Are of Ultron!
It was while discussing how he's been globe-trotting lately, racing around between working on films and his current gig DJing at Ibiza Rocks, that he dropped the news. "I’m in Avengers. And I’m doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, and they’re like, [whispers] – ‘Aren’t you [meant to be] in Ibiza?’"
The scope of Avengers: Age of Ultron continues to expand. Of course, it's likely that the scene Elba described above is a one-off, but it shows that Marvel is looking to tie lots of threads together and really put on display how large a universe they've created in the super-sized sequel.