Bring­ing sexy back

Peo­ple mag­a­zine names Idris Elba 2018’s hottest man

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - ENTERTAINMENT - JONATHAN LAN­DRUM JR.

LOS AN­GE­LES — Peo­ple mag­a­zine has named Idris Elba as 2018’s Sex­i­est Man Alive, and the Bri­tish ac­tor says the hon­our has given him a boost of self-con­fi­dence.

Elba, who starred in The Wire and Luther, was sur­prised after be­ing crowned this year’s win­ner, the mag­a­zine said.

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Re­ally?’ ” he told the mag­a­zine. “Looked in the mir­ror, I checked my­self out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy to­day.’ But to be hon­est, it was just a nice feel­ing. It was a nice sur­prise — an ego boost for sure.”

Elba’s se­lec­tion was re­vealed on The Tonight Show Star­ring Jimmy Fal­lon, with the ac­tor ap­pear­ing via satel­lite from Lon­don. Fal­lon had Elba per­form poses to match the mag­a­zine’s cover de­scrip­tion of him as a “sweet, smoul­der­ing su­per­star.” Elba said of his se­lec­tion, “My mom is go­ing to be very, very proud.”

The ac­tor has also starred in Mar­vel’s Thor fran­chise and as Nel­son Man­dela in the film Man­dela: Long Walk to Free­dom.

Elba, 46, also per­forms on the side un­der the DJ name DJ Big Driis and has his own cloth­ing line. He is also plan­ning a wed­ding with his fi­ancée Sab­rina Dhowre.

The ac­tor has a 16-year-old daugh­ter, Isan, and a four-yearold son, Win­ston, from pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships.

Elba told Peo­ple about his up­bring­ing as an only child of African im­mi­grants grow­ing up in East Lon­don. The ac­tor said his par­ents were strict and he got picked on of­ten while at­tend­ing an all-boys school de­spite play­ing an ar­ray of sports in­clud­ing foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, cricket, hockey and rugby.

“I was very tall and skinny,” re­called Elba, who stands at six­foot-three. “And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK? I got picked on a lit­tle bit. But again, as soon as I could grow a mous­tache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a mous­tache, had some mus­cles, bonkers.”

Past win­ners in­clude Dwayne John­son, David Beck­ham, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, Chan­ning Ta­tum and last year’s hon­ouree, coun­try star Blake Shel­ton.

Elba will be fea­tured in a spe­cial dou­ble is­sue that will hit news­stands Fri­day. The ac­tor said he tries to live life with­out few re­grets.

“Life isn’t about think­ing about what you should have done,” he said. “I think every­one should adopt the phi­los­o­phy that to­mor­row is not promised so just go for it to­day. You might as well do it to your heart’s con­tent.”

TAY­LOR JEWELL/IN­VI­SION

Ac­tor-di­rec­tor Idris Elba was named Sex­i­est Man Alive by Peo­ple mag­a­zine.

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