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Idris Elba Talks About His Pirate Radio Beginnings and Sings Boyz II Men With Jimmy Fallon

The actor made an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote his new film 'Dark Tower.'

The one and only, Idris Elba, was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, discussing his role in Stephen King's  Dark Tower.


The actor, shared his experience working with the anomalous author for his new film alongside Matthew McConaughey, before touching on far more intriguing topics like putting cream on his ankles and his early dream of becoming a late night "quiet storm" radio DJ, before eventually starting his own pirate radio station "Climax FM."

Afterwards, the actor and DJ joined the host for a game of "Google Translate Songs," where the two sang inaccurately translated versions of popular song. Their rendition of Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" called "I'll Place Kindness on You" is gold. Watch it below.

Dark Tower is in theaters now.

 

Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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