A few years ago, Idris Elba was an actor who was not known for his larger than life voice and amazing acting career but now after films like Thor and Pacific Rim burning up the box office, Elba is becoming a house hold name.
Following those films, Elba took on the role of a lifetime and played Nelson Mandela in the bio-pic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Elba has already being getting Oscar buzz and has received a best actor nomination for the Golden Globes for his role as Mandela.
Elba will be pulling double duty during the Globes, he is also nominated for his work on the BBC drama, Luther for Best Actor Miniseries or Television Film.
TheCelebrityCafe.com is counting down the top five Idris Elba movies in honor of his recent success and nominations. Did your favorite not make the list? Comment below and add your favorite.
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5. Thor: The Dark World
Elba joined the Marvel cinematic universal with his role in the Thor films playing, Heimdall. Elba didn’t have a major part in the film but every time he was on the screen playing the Gatekeeper to Asgard.
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4. American Gangster
American Gangster was released back in 2007 and was directed by Ridley Scott. The lineup in this film was full of stars, including Josh Brolin, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and Chiwetel Ejiofor. At the time Elba was not known in the acting world but his role in this film caught the attention of many fans.
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Elba had the chance to work again with Ridley Scott again on one of his most anticipated films to date. When Prometheus was released fans noticed Michael Fassbender’s amazing performance but Elba held his own and also stole scenes.
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2. Pacific Rim
In one of the largest sci-fi movies to be made in both cost and scale, Pacfic Rim won over audiences with its larger than life action and Elba. Elba was amazing in this feature and was the heart of the film. He also delivered the films most famous line, “Today we face the monsters that are at our door and bring the fight to them. Today, we are cancelling the apocalypse!”
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1. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
The role that put Elba on the map, his portrayal of Nelson Mandela is already gaining Oscar buzz and has awarded him a Golden Globe nomination. Fans will have to wait and see if Elba walks away with the award Sunday night.
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