Idris Elba admits to always being ready for a catastrophe

Idris Elba likes to be prepared (Picture: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Idris Elba has admitted he is always ‘catastrophe-ready’ and conscious of a ‘worst-case scenario’ whenever he’s away for work.

The Luther star takes stock of his surroundings and makes sure he is prepared for any eventuality, including plenty of ‘dark thoughts’ that he thinks some people will relate to.

He explained to Esquire UK: ‘I’m catastrophe-ready. In the film industry, you always think: worst-case scenario, what would happen if there were an explosion? What would I do?

‘What would happen if this guy walks in and he’s kicking off? I’d have to  knock him out. They’re kind of dark thoughts. But depending on how you decipher what I’m saying, I think there might be readers who will go, “Yeah, man. I kind of relate.” ‘

Many people will recognise what Idris is referring to, particularly those who may be battling with catastrophising.

It can be a symptom of several mental health conditions – such as anxiety – and sees people blow things out of promotion and assume the worst outcome in everyday situations.

Luther: The Fallen Sun. Idris Elba as John Luther in Luther: The Fallen Sun. Cr: Netflix ? 2023

The Luther star is ready for any eventuality (Picture: Netflix)

Meanwhile, Idris has also confessed to being very health-conscious.

He shared: ‘My job encourages me to make sure I take my vitamins. So my skin looks good, my eyes are bright, my body is in shape. And that’s a gift, but it’s also a stress.

‘If I just wanna crack open a six-pack of Red Stripe, I’ve got to think about what that might do to my camera persona. It’s part of the game.’

Although Idris has already enjoyed huge success as a film and TV actor, the London-born star still feels uncomfortable in the spotlight.

He said: ‘My public persona is exactly that – it’s a public persona. In my personal life, there are things that I’m not great at. Not successful at. That I don’t have a grasp of in a way I’d like to.

‘If I like being by myself all the time, what happens when I open the door and loads of people come in?

‘That is a challenge, and that is something I am not very good at. I prefer my own company. I function better on my own. I’m more at ease.’

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