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Idris Elba’s Biggest Lesson for His Directorial Debut Came from Ridley Scott — Sundance

Idris Elba’s Biggest Lesson for His Directorial Debut Came from Ridley Scott — Sundance

Making a directorial debut at Sundance is no small feat. Doing so with a story that spans two continents and two decades is an even bigger challenge. For Idris Elba, one of the most significant pieces of advice came from one of his former directors, Ridley Scott.

Talking at the IndieWire Sundance Studio presented by Dropbox, Elba spoke about how working on Scott’s film “American Gangster” opened his eyes to the importance of tiny details when making a period film.

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“I remember walking onto the set and, as far as the eye can see, everything was 1973,” Elba said.

That calendar year is also pivotal to Elba’s new film “Yardie,” which opens in Kingston, Jamaica during a time of gang violence. Following “D” (Aml Ameen) 10 years later and his quest for revenge and clarity

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