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Idris Elba has many reasons for why he
keeps coming back to Luther.
"It s unfinished business, it s fertile
ground," he explains. "The character con-
tinues to challenge me."
Detective Chief Inspector John Luther
also challenges his fans, who are sure to
greet him warmly for this, his fourth run,
in the two-hour special airing at tonight on
As usual, Luther finds its hero possessed
by a grisly murder case: a serial killer with
a cannibalistic bent.
Meanwhile, he remains haunted by Alice
Morgan, the tantalising sociopath from Sea-
son One who escaped arrest by Luther but
became his twisted confidante. Conspicu-
ously missing, her whereabouts unclear, she
remains very much on Luther s mind and a key part
of this tale.
Elba calls the demons-beset Luther "one of the
closest characters in terms of who I am." It s a sur-
prising claim, since, during this recent interview, he
seems light-hearted in stylish casual wear, a marked
contrast to the glum expression and no-nonsense
suit Luther wears.
"I don t feel like I have to throw on too much of
a character to play John Luther," says Elba, attempting
to explain himself.
"We shoot in the area
I grew up in (East Lon-
don), and I really let the
writer take me on the
journey. It s the most
naturalistic I can be in
Even Luther s dis-
tinctive walk---a slouch-
ing swagger, hands
jammed in his pockets,
pushing forward with
staunch intent---is com-
fortably derived from
Elba s own gait: "I tore
my left Achilles, which
make my left leg sort of
A strapping, towering
presence with leading-
man looks, Elba
nonetheless has been
able to transform himself profoundly for his roles,
such as the brutal leader of an African rebel army
in his recent film Beasts of No Nation, as Nelson
Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and as
Stringer Bell, the strictly business Baltimore drug
lord, in the HBO series The Wire.
No matter what his role, Elba is easy on the eyes.
Asked if he gets weary of his extreme handsomeness
being the focus of media and fans alike, he adopts
an almost sheepish expression while handing credit
to the camera.
"Because I m an actor, I ve got that beauty light
on me," he insists.
"In real life, it s not like that all the time. Some
people go, He s nice, but he s not my sort of thing. "
Acknowledging that too much attention to his
looks could taint him as just another pretty face, he
does allow that "it s a compliment and it s great,
man. I could be described as aggressive, or strong.
But sexy works, too." And he laughs heartily.
At 43, Elba has been acting for more than 20 years,
but says he s only recently understood what drives
him as an actor: "I m a person who absorbs a lot,
takes in a lot of information every day, and with that
comes an urge to let it go.
"As an actor I get to expel all that stuff by throwing
it into my characters. Before I figured that out, I
think I was motivated by the dream of being famous.
But now I see that I do it because it s therapy, as
Next up is next summer s Star Trek Beyond, which
he shot last summer but can t talk about beyond
confiding: "It was fun and different, especially after
shooting Luther last spring."
Even now, he isn t ready to be through with Luther.
"The ultimate goal is to end up with him in a film,"
says Elba, who longs to turn him loose on a broader
landscape than London.
"New York could be an amazing backdrop for John
Luther," says Elba, motioning out the window of his
Manhattan hotel suite.
"I think that s what could be next for Luther," he
says, pursing his lips for a muted explosion.
"Movie time!" (AP)
Idris Elba returns for another
murder case as Luther
Idris Elba as the unconventional detective
DCI John Luther. Fans can catch a two-hour
special tonight on BBC America at 10 pm.
As usual, Luther
finds its hero
possessed by a grisly
murder case: a serial
killer with a
He remains haunted
by Alice Morgan, the
from Season One
who escaped arrest
by Luther but
became his twisted
she remains on
Luther's mind and a
key part of this tale.
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