London, Jun 30: “Thor” actor Idris Elba has revealed he is desperate to play Thelonious Monk in a biopic about the life of the legendary jazz musician. The 43-year-old actor played “Nelson Mandela” in biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and he has now set his sights on portraying one of his musical heroes, pioneering ’50s artist Monk, reported Femalefirst.Also Read - Loki Season 1 Episode 1 Explained: Who is Evil Lady Loki And Why She is Pitted Against Variant Loki?
“Thelonious Monk. He was a legendary jazz musician. When jazz was popular in the early 50s, Monk came along and just did something weird with it and everyone was like, ‘He’s a bit odd.’ He had mental health issues he didn’t realise he had for a long time, but he was an absolute genius because he just came in and broke all the rules”. (ALSO READ: ‘Luther’ has lot of bad luck for a murder detective: Idris Elba) Also Read - Thor Love and Thunder: Chris Hemsworth Shares A 'Squeezed Budget' Poster, Album Drops Soon
“He was kind of like the Skrillex of his day. You know when Sonny came out and just DJ’d a different way to everyone else? When he’s nutting it out playing a bit of d’n’b, a bit of dubstep and everyone’s going, ‘What the front door?’ Monk was a bit like that,” said Elba. Also Read - Chris Hemsworth Reveals His Pandemic Fitness Schedule For The Upcoming 'Thor: Love and Thunder'
The 43-year-old actor thinks the most fascinating aspect of Monk’s life is that he was able to make such incredible music while coping with the limitations of a mental illness.