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Idris Elba Recalls Being Held At Gunpoint While Trying To Help The Gunman’s Girlfriend

The man pulled out a gun and aimed it directly at Elba's face, assuming he was trying to flirt with his girlfriend.

Idris Elba has disclosed a harrowing encounter during which he found himself at gunpoint while trying to protect the girlfriend of the armed man. The 50-year-old actor, born in London, shared the incident in a recent Daily Mail interview published on Tuesday.

During the interview, Elba recounted his dangerous situation in the U.S.: “I nearly lost my life after attempting to stop a man threatening his girlfriend outside a club,” he revealed.

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Elaborating on the incident, Elba said, “A guy was whaling on his missus, screaming in her face, ‘I’ll f—— kill you,’ and so on. I come round and I go, ‘Look how beautiful she is. Why would you talk to this beautiful princess like that?’ ”

Unfortunately, his intervention didn’t have the desired effect, and the situation escalated rapidly. The man pulled out a gun and aimed it directly at Elba’s face, assuming he was trying to flirt with his girlfriend.

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Reflecting on the moment, the Luther actor acknowledged, “I remember thinking, ‘Don’t play negotiations like that… Consequences, man,’ ”

Details surrounding the specific time and location of the incident remain unclear.

Earlier this month, the 2018 Sexiest Man Alive title-holder spoke about his role in the new Apple TV+ drama series, Hijack, where he portrays a corporate negotiator dealing with airplane hijackers.

Elba confessed, “I’ve never been afraid to fly but I don’t really love long, long flights. And turbulence is freaky.”

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During the interview, he also shared the story behind one of his scars, commenting on an incident from his childhood: “When I was around three or four years old, I was climbing a jungle gym and decided to jump over the side of it. As I did, a rusty nail nicked my left wrist close to my artery, causing it to bleed profusely.”

“I remember I was fascinated at how white my flesh was, like, ‘Whoa, look at that!’ And I passed out,” he added. “I survived it. It healed. And I have the scar to prove it.”

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