Idris Elba who is the cover star for Esquire Magazine’s August 2017 issue, takes frontpage again for Essence Magazine. At 44 the British actor is no doubt eye candy.

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Idris Elba has found his purpose behind the camera. Obviously, he’s fantastic in front of it, but his directorial debut in Yardie will show where his true passion lies. As our August 2017 cover star, the actor talks about his upcoming films, jammed packed schedule and love life.

Set to star in six projects this year —including Thor: Ragnarok and the fifth season of Luther— the 44-year-old was so busy, his photo shoot had to be completed in Thailand where he was training for a Muay Thai match.

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When discussing the main character D (played by Aml Ameen), he relates him to his Sierra Leon-Ghanaian upbringing in London.

“He’s a fish out of water and finds himself becoming a gangster really quickly. It’s not really his life. For me, I’m making that story because A, it’s a part of the reason I became a man. I was born in 1972, and that’s just my era. And B, there’s a big, big music component. I love music and I love film. This is my chance to marry the two.”

Work aside, when asked about finding love in the midst of raising two kids and filming so much, he was honest.

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“Am I ever gonna get remarried? I don’t think so. Yeah, I don’t think so. Marriage is an institution of sorts. And I’ve done it. It’s not for everybody. It’s not my life’s calling.”

In 2007 Elba was selected as one of People’s annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, He was named Essence’s annual 2013 Sexiest Man of the Year and was also ranked No. 2 in People’s annual Sexiest Man Alive in 2013.

You can find more on his Interview with Essence Mag Here