Idris Elba Prefers Kickboxing To Hollywood Hype

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British actor Idris Elba is a big name in showbiz, but there is one person who doesn't like his stardom and fame - Elba himself! He does not want to be a big movie star. He revealed that he does not want to get caught up in so much of the Hollywood hype.

The UK star said that he wants to be more in kickboxing matches than the silver screen. Hence, when he made headlines in October, the 44-year-old beat his kickboxing opponent at York Hall, and told reporters that he had always wanted "all his life," to fight professionally.

There is too much of Hollywood hype all around him, and he sees it every day. Idris told Britain's Closer Magazine, that he tried not to follow anything written about him. "It helps me to stay grounded," he said. Earlier, he had even feared that he would burn his art out in Hollywood. Viewers believed that they had seen it before, according to ET. 

He preferred to focus on his music and DJ-ing, which do not bear any relationship with acting. "Celebrity culture can damage your psyche; if you believe what's said about you, you're floating on Cloud 9," he said. He pointed out that it was all very unreal, especially as he felt that he was no different from other people.

He did not like the way the media hyped up his relationship with Madonna just because she had come to support him in the ring. He dismissed their romance reports, even though Madonna posted a Snapchat of the pair in a kickboxing ring together. Her gesture only fuelled the reports further.

Perhaps Idris is really going to leave Hollywood and become a professional kickboxer. There are whispers that he is hanging out much more at gyms near London, rather than in movie and TV sets.

Some sources even claim that he is becoming a kickboxer for a new television documentary called, "Idris Elba: Fighter." His earlier television shows like "Luther," have already made him a household name, so his latest foray into both professions will only add to his luster.

He has an interesting new ambition, anyway - to become an astronaut! He hopes that his new show will fuel his childhood dream, according to Eyewitness News.

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