Inside, Elba discusses his label as a sex symbol, female fans and James Bond.
When asked about being seen as sexy, Elba replied, “The irony is I wake up every morning, look at myself in the mirror and think,’“Woah, I look like a piece of [expletive].’”
“You watch yourself age and it’s hard to feel like a sex symbol.”
Though he may not see his appeal, in 2011, People magazine names him one of the “Sexiest Men Alive.”
But Elba says he is not a fan of women always wanting him.
“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.’”
“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 went on to say.
Elba also addressed James Bond rumors, as it is speculated that he play Bond in an upcoming film with the franchise.
“It’s a rumor. And, I have to tell you, if the producers of Bond thought that I was self-campaigning, it would be such a turn-off. I’m flattered, obviously but I’ve been advised to just pipe down about it.”
“Apparently, Daniel Craig said I’d be a great Bond. Daniel, why did you say that? Dropped me right in it! What an honor it would be, but also, what an indication of change. I know Ian Fleming [James Bond creator] lived in Jamaica for a long time, didn’t he? I think it’s interesting to think what he would have made of a black man playing Bond.”
Back in 2011, Elba first addressed the rumor, telling NPR, “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."
Elba, who is British, then explained that he did not come to America "to play black roles. I just came to play roles."
But Elba further admitted, "if Sony decided to call me and said hey, we wanted to do [James Bond], I'd definitely consider it."
Check out the rest of his interview and pictures with British GQ here.