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Idris Elba Performs William Blake’s ‘London’ in Short Film for Esquire (UK)

Idris Elba Performs William Blake's 'London' in Short Film for Esquire (UK)

Idris Elba is going to be on the May cover for the UK version of Esquire magazine, which also includes an interview with the actor “over drinks in his native East End,” the magazine says. In the interview, which I’m sure will be an interesting read, Elba dishes on the “highs and lows of fame,” as well as the speech he gave to the UK Parliament on diversity earlier this year, as well as those James Bond rumors that just won’t go away.

During the interview, Elba also took the time to recite a famous poem by William Blake, published in 1794, titled simply “London” – essentially an ode to his home city.

Elba’s recital was then used as a voice-over for a short film by Tom Craig and Alex F. Webb, shot mostly in black & white and muted tones, which includes footage of Elba during his time with Esquire UK, as well as shots of London as you’d imagine, much of it filmed at the Shangri-La Hotel in the city.

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