BY SHAMAN MOMOH
Hollywood actor, Idris Elba who was in Ghana to film Beasts of No Nation, has revealed how he almost died while shooting the film when he slipped behind a waterfall over a 30-metre drop.
Here is what Elba told The Jonathan Ross Show:
“I nearly died … We decided to do this waterfall scene where all these child soldiers were walking behind this massive waterfall. Cary Fukunaga, the director, decided to shoot it for real. We went to this waterfall and in this scene my character is standing there watching all the child soldiers go past. Now in the setup of that, the stunt coordinator says, ‘Listen everyone, this is a waterfall, that’s a 90, 100ft drop down there and the ground is very slippery, just be careful!’ I put my foot on this rock just to hang out and chill out while they were setting up and as I’m doing that it’s slippery, obviously. I slip … I put my hand on this tree – it’s not a tree, it’s a branch. It snaps and I go literally about six feet before I go bang over and I got caught by the security guy.“
Idris Elba continued, “It was a great experience though, that was my most harrowing film to shoot. The director caught malaria and survived and it was great and he kept working so it was that type of shoot.“
Then the hot, seemingly tough guy revealed that he actually does have a soft side. He said, “I can’t stand seeing children suffer. I watch Toy Story and I start crying so let alone Beasts of No Nation!“