Idris Elba Covers Rolling Out Magazine

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The Global Entertainer talks about fatherhood, DJing and directing.

In the drama, 'No Good Deed,' starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, when Colin goes “knock, knock” during a dreadful storm and Terry answers the door, the “who’s there?” answer is chilling; not quite the fond memory we have of the time-honored knock knock game we played with our parents and peers, or whoever would indulge us.

It starts off as an obvious plot; Colin (Elba) is a fugitive claiming he’s waiting on a tow truck to help him with his stalled car. Terry (Henson), a lonely housewife, knows better but she invites him in anyway. Her intentions are innocent. But, this good deed is true to the adage and it gets punished.

While the husband’s away, the housewife wants to play. It’s a cat-and-mouse game that quickly gets out of hand and the petite housewife realizes Colin is an intruder to whom she offered an invitation. Terry opened her home to a stranger, one she finds easy on the eyes and who temporarily fills her empty love tank. He’s charming and she’s flattered.

How did he prepare for this role of playing such a deranged killer?

“The script is what the script is. I wanted to find out from people who create these situations, what’s missing in their lives. You and I may have a conscious stop button, and we know what we’re doing is wrong … but this guy doesn’t have that,” Elba says of getting into character to play Colin. The interview and cover photo shoot, which was held one day after my poolside revelation, took place at the tree-lined L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, a five-star fabuluxe hotel that sits blocks away from the famed Rodeo Drive.

Visit to read the interview in its entirety. Be sure to check out the exclusive photo shoot with celebrity photographer Kawai Matthews and video interview with host Fabiola.

About rolling out Magazine:
Rolling out, the nation's largest free urban weekly, is a digital and print magazine that focuses on the black experience in response to entertainment, politics, fashion, culture, sports and lifestyle points of interest. Headquartered in Atlanta, rolling out is positioned as the voice for the African American experience, using its newspaper as a platform in the marketplace to express urgency for education reform, and to document entrepreneurial endeavors and other relevant issues in the Diaspora. For information on rolling out, please log on to

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