'The Wire's' Idris Elba talks about life & frugality
It takes a unique combination of talent and luck for an actor to create an iconic role, and British actor Idris Elba had heaps of both at his disposal when Stringer Bell came along. Stringer, for the uninitiated, was the dark heart of the first few seasons of HBO's now iconic series "The Wire," a show that lagged in ratings and Emmys, but was regarded by critics -- and just about everyone else who saw it -- as the greatest drama in the history of television.But while appearing on a show of this sort is no guarantee of future stardom -- especially for a show with as large an ensemble cast as "The Wire" -- Elba's good fortune has continued. Commercially, he's had successes such as co-starring opposite Beyonce in the stalker-thriller "Obsessed" and guest starring in an arc on NBC's "The Office." But his most challenging and critically acclaimed post-Wire project has been as Detective John Luther, a man torn between doing good and the attraction of evil, on BBC's "Luther," which aired on BBC America in the U.S., and recently released its four-episode second season on DVD.
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Once you got successful with "The Wire" and then in films, was there anything special you splurged on?
No. I still haven't done that. Maybe my van was the biggest thing I bought. When I first worked on "The Wire," I bought a Dodge Ram. That was my first car, and I still got it. I love it. I think I'm gonna get me a nice big Rolex. I should, but I haven't done it yet.