Idris Elba Says Working on Marvel Movies is “Torture”
Just yesterday, Joss Whedon hinted he might have to send a scolding e-mail to Idris Elba who, earlier this week, let it slip that he would be appearing in 'Avengers 2' alongside Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth. But, Idris Elba just don't care. In a new interview with The Telegraph, Elba again talked about filming 'Avengers 2' and said working on Marvel movies is "torture."
Elba wasn't specifically talking about his time on 'Avengers 2' in that quote, but specifically his work on 'Thor 2'. We'll let Elba tell the story himself:
I’d just done eight months in South Africa [filming 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom']. 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...[sighs]. 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.'
He elaborates on how the scene in question "ripped his heart out."
I’m actually falling down from a spaceship, so they had to put me in harness in this green-screen studio. And in between takes I was stuck there, fake hair stuck on to my head with glue, this f---ing helmet, while they reset. And I’m thinking: '24 hours ago, I was Mandela'...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 Mandela, practically. Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig and this sword and these contact lenses. It ripped my heart out.
For the curious, here is the 'Thor 2' scene Elba is referring to:
It seems Elba doesn't have a particular beef with Marvel, or their movies, but has developed a general distaste for how modern blockbusters are made. It does seem incongruous to go directly from playing Nelson Mandela to hanging off the side of a spaceship in a Marvel movie, but it's a compromise a lot of actors make; the old "one for them, one for me" routine. There's no doubt that green-screen filming can be a drag, but it's the nature of the beast.
It's also the nature of the Marvel contracts. If you're wondering why Elba doesn't just walk away, it's because he can't. Actors who sign for Marvel movies have notoriously lengthy contracts. Chris Evans has a six-film contract. Sebastian Stan is contracted for nine films. So, Elba may want out, but he's at Marvel's beck and call whenever they need him (hence the 'Avengers 2' cameo). Perhaps this is why Elba is blabbing about the movie in public with such frequency with the hope that the next scolding Joss Whedon e-mail comes with a pink slip.