In No Good Deed, actor Idris Elba plays Colin Evans a crazed escaped convict that looks for revenge after finding out his girlfriend is dating another man when he was in prison.
Nuke the Fridge’s own Louis Love had an opportunity to catch up with Idris Elba during a Q&A style roundtable interview where he answered some great questions about the film.
Here are some highlights from the Q&A.
Q: Idris, women seem to adore you, after this movie, they might not. Do you like to mix it up and play with audiences expectations of you as an actor?
Idris Elba: Ah yes… Listen to be honest, it’s nice to have an audience, you know what I mean, but I definitely want to challenge and ask my audience not to fall in love with one character or a type of character. When I finished playing Stringer Bell everyone wanted me to play gangsters. I didn’t want to play anymore gangsters. It’s a challenge but I try to mix it up. Audiences sometimes feel like man I like you as a gangster stick with it. I just think it’s more of a veered career if I can do diverse things and keep my audiences guessing what’s going to come next. When I was a kid I was very influenced by Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman. They were these method actors that would step into the arena and just blow you away. I think that ideology is what I keep close.
Q: You studied a lot of criminals to get into this role. What did you learn?
Idris Elba: My character has some mental issues and that’s something he masked as well as he can. I looked at that and the characteristics of someone who has a very bad temper with a problem and how they deal with things. I honestly think that on this journey into this story he meant to go that far. I think he lost his hand a little bit at a certain point. I looked at a lot of stories of men that happens to, you know. They get out of prison then one way or another get back in because they haven’t figured out how to contain themselves and I looked at that for this character.
Idris Elba: No, not really, I didn’t want to mimic and the character is not one psychosis or another. I looked at it generally. Ted Bundy and those sort of people were mentioned in reference material, but it was not something I specifically looked at.
Q: It’s all about revenge? (What motivates your character?)
Idris Elba: Revenge, that’s what it is ultimately. You got my girl man!
Q: Did you enjoy playing Colin Evans?
Idris Elba: Yes I did. Just because it’s very different from Luther or any other characters that I played and very different from Heimdall. It was tough with a lot of anger involved. We did a lot of night shoots. It’s fun working with Taraji, as you can see, but the character is a mean guy and much of it I was really uncomfortable with but I just dove into it.
Q: Especially that scene with Kate del Castillo, it was brutal.
Idris Elba: Yeah, it was tough and so very brutal. Yeah and not enjoyable especially when you want to do it very well. You know, “I want to kill you very well.” The irony was doing “No Good Deed” then going to South Africa for eight months to go do “Mandela.” I was reading “Long Walk To Freedom” and I was playing Colin. That was my exit plan to read about a person that made a difference in the world. And his (Mandela) story you know is very deep.
Q: What kind of physical training did you do for the film? I noticed a lot of fighting.
Idris Elba: I didn’t do anything to be honest. I mean outside of a regular five push ups in the morning. (Laughs)
Look for Elba’s next role in “Beasts of No Nation.”
For uncut and full audio of this interview check out Se Fija by clicking HERE.
Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba,) a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming to have car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him, but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.