Idris Elba Covers British GQ

The British actor talks about his confusion about being considered a sex symbol.

Posted: 02/06/2013 10:49 AM EST
Idris Elba, GQ Cover

(Photo: GQ Magazine UK)

Idris Elba graces the cover of British GQ's March 2013 issue, which covers all things cool. The British actor is looking suave and laid-back as he casually poses on top a motorcycle wearing a striped top, cuffed jeans, and a leather jacket. Inside, Elba, who has been listed as one of People magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive," admits to be dumbfounded when it comes to his status as a sex symbol.

"The irony is I wake up every morning, look at myself in the mirror and think, 'Woah, I look like a piece of [expletive],'" he says.

"I'm not sure what it is they see, not to mention that, personally, I feel very awkward. There's no way all those women would ever sleep with me and go, 'I really liked him.' Some of them would go, 'He was really boring or he was a bit aggressive or, urgh, actor," he says. "But it's a compliment and it's a massive tool to use in sculpting a career, especially with what I do for a living because I work in the face business. So it's a compliment and I use it accordingly."

Elba also addressed rumors that he'd play the next James Bond on screen saying, "It's a very old rumor. My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don't want to be called the first Black James Bond. Do you understand what I'm saying? Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don't want to be called the Black James Bond."

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