Hollywood superstar Idris Elba training for kickboxing match
Often when actors partake in action movies audiences often ask the question of how they would fare in a fight in real life. Although there’s only been a small number celebrities that have crossed over into combat sports (with some being gloried sideshows Jose Canseco for example), one Hollywood superstar has decided to dedicate himself to the sport of kickboxing to eventually test himself in the ring.
Perhaps best known for his roles on the hit show The Wire and films such as Thor and American Gangster, Idris Elba will be starring in the short three part series Idris Elba: Fighter chronicling his journey to compete in a full contact kickboxing bout.
In an interview with Vice’s Fightland his kickboxing coach Kieran Keddle of Double K Muay Thai in London shared what it has been liking with the actor and DJ and how he fares in the gym.
“In training, he trains very hard. He trains very well. When he spars, he spars professionals. He’s sparred a couple of world champions. He’s got world champion boxers, MMA fighters, as well. And he handles them very well. I’m not going to say he beats them, but he does very well.”
The series will air on Discovery in early 2017.
Idrissa Akuna “Idris” Elba, (born 6 September 1972) is an English actor and musician. He is known for playing drug baron Russell “Stringer” Bell on the HBO series The Wire, Detective John Luther on the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.
Elba has appeared in films such as Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Takers , Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World and Beasts of No Nation. [source:wiki]