Idris Elba: "I'm just a vessel for the icon Mandela"
East Londoner Idris Elba has received early rave reviews from critics over his performance as Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film Long Walk To Freedom.
But the star of The Wire and Luther said, while delighted with the positive feedback, he had never focused on how his portrayal would be judged.
"I wasn't worried," he said, just days after the movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. "Nelson Mandela is an icon and I'm just a vessel for that.
"If I get it right and people connect to it then that's great but it never actually worried me."
Elba was making deals alongside traders to raise money for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation at the celeb-filled BGC Charity Day at Canary Wharf on Wednesday in the bank's offices at Churchill Place.
Asked if he ever fancied a career in banking, Elba, who grew up in nearby Canning Town, said: "Funnily enough a friend of mine is a trader and was writing a show about banking, so I got to find out a fair bit from working with him.
"It's cut and thrust, it's aggressive and it's exciting. I like it."
Also, at the event, interviewing fellow celebrities, was comedian Rob Brydon who told The Wharf things were "testosterony" on the trading floor - although he wouldn't be attempting to secure a deal.
"I hope not," he joked. "BGC deserve to stay in business."
The Charity Day was held to commemorate colleagues who lost their lives on 9/11, with the celebrities raising money for dozens of charities.