He is an actor, a pro kickboxer, a deejay, a rapper and a clothing designer – so it's no surprise this year's Sexiest Man Alive, Idris Elba, likes to have some fun.
Growing up in East London as a single child to African immigrants, Elba, 46, "Was a good child, but my parents were pretty strict," he tells the people in the weekly cover story. "When I was like 14, as soon as I grew a mustache, I was basically over there."
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Attending an all-boys school was a bit of a "kokkockock", insists the actor. "It was very bravado, machismo, who is bigger than who?" Reminds Elba, who also played sports such as soccer, football and cricket. "I was a C or B student. I could not sit in a classroom for long periods. I would get bored."
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When he found fame, Elba learned the importance of being "When I meet someone, I can read what part of me they want to see – if they want to see that guy on television, " he says. "Sometimes it's not you in real life."
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But he acknowledges that he has a "ugly" side. "I said my parents were strict, so it's a rebellious side for me," he says laughing. "I have some problems with permission sometimes. I'm the guy like, if it says" Do not push the button, "I will press it. I think I'm curious. Not in a risky way, just like what would happen about? "
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His current go-to vice? "Whiskey can be a vice. It's a high slope because it's a very sharp alcohol," said Elba. "In terms of food, I could eat meat. Very. Idris Elba is the People's Sexiest Man Alive 2018 "title =" Idris Elba is Man's Sexiest Man Alive 2018 “/>
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