Friday 9 December 2016

Idris conquers fear of heights for Star Trek venture

Published 14/07/2016 | 19:16

Idris Elba put the finishing touches to a Star Trek mural
Idris Elba put the finishing touches to a Star Trek mural

Idris Elba overcame his fear of heights to complete a giant Star Trek mural in London.

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The Star Trek Beyond actor stepped on to a scissor lift to spray-paint red eyes on to the image of his villainous character, Krall. He also added an "Idris Elba" tag.

With his feet back on solid ground, Elba said: " That was the first time I have ever done that, and it was definitely exciting.

"I'm a little bit nervous of heights, but I put that aside, and I've never done it before.

"And if you look close, there's a couple of scuff marks. Those are mine."

He admitted he had been "brave" to tackle his fear of heights.

The mural, on the side of a pub in London's Clerkenwell, was painted by the artist Jim Vision over the course of two days and will stay up for the next month to celebrate the film's release.

The London-born Luther actor, who arrived at the event minutes after finding out he had been nominated for an Emmy, said he would never have imagined that one day he would be part of a mural.

He said: " A long time ago, I used to drive past this road all the time, and I would never think that one day some character that I'd created or been a part of would be on the wall or in a piece of artwork like that - and that moves me to tears, actually. It's a sign of my work."

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