Idris Elba wants to play Thelonious Monk in a movie

Actor Idris Elba has set his sights on playing one of his favourite musicians: pianist and composer Thelonious Monk.

The 43-year-old actor, who famously portrayed the late South African President Nelson Mandela in the 2013 biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick, has told Mix Mag that “Thelonious Monk … was a legendary jazz musician. When jazz was popular in the early 50’s, [he] came along and just did something weird and everyone was like, ‘he’s a bit odd.’ He had mental health issues he didn’t realize he had for a long time, but he was an absolute genius because he just came in and broke all the rules.”

He also added: “I’m interested in the idea of someone battling mental health but being able to express himself with music. You know, the last ten years of his life, he never touched a piano again.”

This year is the centenary of Thelonious Monk’s birth. The pianist and composer was born on October 10, 1917.

 

Matt Micucci
Matt Micucci

Matt Micucci is the Online Editor of JAZZIZ Magazine.

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