Idris Elba ascended yet another rung (or two) on the badass ladder Saturday after winning his first professional kickboxing match — and Madonna was front and center to capture it for Instagram.
“It has been my dream to fight in a ring properly,” the actor told Australia’s Daily Telegraph. “It is not fake, I might get hurt but ultimately I have trained for it and I like to fight … I’ve busted my nose a couple of times but hopefully it doesn’t show. Keeping fit is important to me as part of my work and I always used to train back in the day as just a kickboxer before I was acting and now I am on this massive journey.”
Elba, 44, used to kickbox back in his 20s to stay fit, but the actor never fought professionally — until now.
He was mentored by former world champions, trainers and coaches for the Discovery Networks International reality three-part documentary series “Idris Elba: Fighter,” which is expected to air in early 2017. He’s also set to star in Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” premiering in November of next year.
Madonna’s ringside appearance across the pond further fuels rumors that the material girl and the man who really should be the next James Bond are a couple.
Check out Elba’s right jab in Madonna’s video above.
11 Stars Who Could Jolt the Emmys With Upset Wins (Photos)
Oddsmakers and experts aren't always right. Here are a few TV stars who could shock the industry in a big way if they pull out underdog Emmy upsets on Sunday.
The star of BBC America's "Orphan Black" isn't the favorite in the Drama Actress category. Those with better chances include Robin Wright of "House of Cards" (according to industry award site Gold Derby) or Keri Russell of "The Americans" (according to TheWrap's Steve Pond). A win might make Maslany a household name, and she's good enough in her many roles on the show to pull it off.
The smart money is on Rami Malek for the Best Drama Actor prize. Kyle Chandler could pull through. But Odenkirk, star of "Better Call Saul," could always pull off a shocker. Voters would look smart and with-it by picking this canny veteran.
EVERYONE thinks Julia Louis-Dreyfus will pull off another win in the Comedy Actress category. But why not a real come-from-nowhere win for this "Roseanne" veteran and star of "Getting On"? Voters may want to give the "Veep" star a term limit.
Sure, Jeffrey Tambor is a safer bet in the Comedy Actor category. But why not go out on a limb with the star of Netflix's breakthrough comedy "Master of None"? Few new shows have gotten more critical acclaim.
Again, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the Comedy Actress fave. But Schumer could deliver an upset her for her Comedy Central show, which may or may not be coming back, according to her cryptic comments lately. Voters could send it off with a flourish.
Yes, Courtney B. Vance is likely to take home the hardware for Best Actor in a Movie/Mini, for "People vs. O.J. Simpson"? But is the much-praised star of "Luther" overdue?
The "SNL" vet and ace Hillary Clinton impersonator would be an unlikely pick in the Comedy Supporting Actress category, but she could pull out a win against perennial Emmy faveAllison Janney of "Mom" or Anna Chlumsky of "Veep." Voters could also send a message that talented sketch performers matter, too.
She's not the favorite for HBO's Anita Hill story "Confirmation" -- most experts think Sarah Paulson has it locked up for "The People vs. O.J. Simpson." But Washington's performance won praise, even if critics were less warm to the overall project.
"The Night Manager" isn't likely to pull out a win against Courtney B. Vance in the Movies/Miniseries Actor category. Which would make a win remarkable. "The Night Manager" didn't get the buzz of "O.J.," but Hiddleston was incredibly watchable.
Lena Headey, Clarke's costar in "Game of Thrones," is considered a shoo-in for the Supporting Drama Actress slot. But the dragon queen could make something happen. She remains arguably the most recognizable actor on "Game of Thrones," which takes some doing when you star alongside Peter Dinklage and Headey.
Could the "Sherlock" star pull out something in the Miniseries/Movie Actor category against Vance? His acting chops are unimpeachable.