IndieWire.com — Idris Elba joins Sean Penn and Javier Bardem in director Pierre Morel’s action thriller titled “The Gunman,” which is based on the novel, “The Prone Gunman,” by Jean-Patrick Manchette.
The story, which was adapted to script by Peter Travis, goes: “Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game – so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. After all, that’s why he took up this profession! But the Organization won’t let him go: they have other plans. For one more time, the gunman must assume the prone shooting position. A tour de force, this violent tale shatters as many illusions about life and politics as bodies.” The age-old “one last job before I retire” — “just when I thought I was out, they pull me back In” sub-sub-sub genre(s).
Sean Penn plays the hired killer who wants out. Meanwhile, Elba plays a “mysterious operative named Dupont.” It reminds of the singular name of the character he played in another movie he didn’t star in, with a white male lead – “Ghost Rider 2″ – Moreau; both French names.
Kunc.org — The soccer coach is giving his team a pep talk: “This is not an ordinary game,” he declares as he paces in the locker room. “This is life or death. Ebola has defeated thousands in West Africa. Its key strength is passing.” Clearly this is no ordinary pep talk. And it’s no ordinary soccer coach. It’s the British actor Idris Elba, who is playing the part in a new media campaign to send the right message about Ebola to the right people at the right time.
Elba himself has a link to the West African epicenter of Ebola. His dad is from Sierra Leone, where the outbreak is still surging. He joined a group of high-profile African soccer stars for the campaign, called Africa United — a play off a common name for soccer clubs — think Manchester United or DC United. The CDC Foundation, which works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the mastermind.
The campaign features print and billboard ads, radio spots and videos. As the coach, Elba lays out the tactics needed to beat this opponent: wash your hands, don’t touch dead bodies, get to a treatment center quickly if you have symptoms. The ads also offer encouragement and support to beleaguered West African health care workers.
Some of soccer’s biggest stars, including Yaya Toure, Patrick Vieira and Carlton Cole, declare on camera, “I’m no hero.” Then Elba says the real heroes are the doctors and nurses who are battling Ebola. The message on the screen: “Trust your health care workers. They’re there to help you.”
AllAfrica.com — Sierra Leone striker Kei Kamara has joined actor Idris Elba and a host of international footballers to launch a public awareness campaign to help halt the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and to recognise the health workers’ fight against the deadly disease.
The Africa United Campaign message was unveiled before last Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations draw which was conducted in Equatorial Guinea’s capital, Malabo. The message includes broadcasts information on the disease and how to stop it spreading. The message was done in French, English, Krio and other local languages.
According to the organizers, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, the messages will be sent out to the three countries – Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia – who are worst affected by the virus, and also their neighbours via television, radio, billboards and phone text messages.
Elba, who came to fame in TV series ‘The Wire’ and played Nelson Mandela in the biopic ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’, said the campaign has a special resonance to him.
“For me the battle against Ebola is a personal one,” said Elba, whose parents are from Sierra Leone and Ghana. “To see those amazing countries in West Africa where my father grew up and my parents married being ravaged by this disease is painful and horrific.”
In one of the campaign’s spots, Elba plays a football coach giving a halftime talk during West Africa’s ‘life or death’ match against Ebola and passing on tips on how to spot the disease and prevent new infections.
The other videos show the footballers – Yaya Toure, Carlton Cole, Kei Kamara, Patrick Vieira, Fabrice Muamba and Andros Townsend – as they pay homage to the frontline health workers operating in the area by wearing their names on the back of their shirts instead of their own.
Designntrend.com — Idris Elba doesn’t think people are paying enough attention to police brutality against minorities.
“It’s very frustrating. It’s been this way for a very long time in America, and there are waves where it becomes more publicized. It’s an absolute shame that there is no justice for Eric Garner. It’s an absolute shame,” the 42-year-old UK native told the Daily Beast. “That is bound to put a dent in public confidence in the police. It’s bound to. And that’s where the situation gets circular. It’s a damn shame because it really does not feel like people are paying attention to that rising issue. It’s a crisis, and people don’t seem to be paying enough attention.”
Elba, an outspoken critic of white privilege in Hollywood, believes the “only way” to mend “the shortage of black actors in film” is for the already successful black actors, such as himself, to act more.
“If I’m not getting written a role in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ then I need to show them that I absolutely can be in that role in that film, and expand their imaginations,” he said. “In England, when I played Luther, there were no other black detectives-and the role wasn’t written for a black man. I played the role, and before I knew it, there were three or four other black detectives on TV on British television-Chiwetel, myself, Adrian Lester. It’s not because of me, but that the imagination of people that control this went, ‘A-ha.'”
Asked if racism has anything to do with his not yet attained, but perhaps deserved, Leading Man status in Hollywood, Elba was somewhat skeptical.
“That’s an interesting question,” he said. “The real question is, ‘What is a leading man?’ and ‘Who is a leading man now?’ There’s a massive relatability to the characters and the actors that we like now, and then there are actors that have massive popularity who don’t have the leading man esteem. So it leads you to question: ‘What is a leading man these days?'”
ComicBookMovie.com — During an interview last month, when Idris Elba revealed his and Tom Hiddleston’s inclusion in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the British actor had also recalled a “torture” experience doing reshoots for Thor: The Dark World just 24 hours after portraying late anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. Some headlines and coverage of the interview had ran with the belief that Elba wanted out of his contract with Marvel Studios, for whom he plays the Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall, but he now tells The Daily Beast that that is not the case at all.
“I don’t know where people got that, man,” responded Idris Elba. “I was quite specifically talking about the comparison between playing Heimdall on one day, and playing Mandela on the next. That’s sloppy journalism, or just really bad misquoting. I have a great relationship with the Marvel team, and the character of Heimdall. People are really running with this thing like, ‘Oh my God, he doesn’t want to be with Marvel anymore.’ People thinking that comparing those roles means I don’t want to be with Marvel, well, that’s crazy.” Anyhow, Idris Elba will appear briefly as Heimdall in Avengers: Age of Ultron ;next year, and he is also likely to return for Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017.
Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction.
Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015.
I’ve added 15 photos of Idris Elba at the Los Angeles Screening for No Good Deed to our photo gallery.
Idris Elba attended the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards on September 21st, 2014. He looked natty in a sleek suit by Gucci and shared Karan’s sentiments saying, “I’m excited to refocus the efforts against ebola—I think there’s a little miscommunication and people have to be more effective on the ground.” 4 photos have been added to our site.
Idris Elba, actor and activist, speaks at the Social Good Summit on September 21, 2014 in New York City. The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world.