Who knew that actor Idris Elba was such a computer nerd in his younger years? The star of “The Wire” and “Luther” recently revealed that he spent a lot of time playing Commodore 64 games as a kid, and never once pirated them. In fact, he even credits those early gaming experiences with helping to develop his love for technology. We’re not sure if we’re more surprised by the revelation that Elba is into gaming or the fact that he’s never pirated anything in his life!
Elba told the paper that he’s owned “pretty much” every console since the Sega Genesis, and is into “FIFA and driving games” these days. He started gaming, however, on a Commodore 64 home computer, which makes him a PC gamer in my book (or it would if I kept some kind of PC gamer field guide). It’s heartening to see that even people who go on to become Hollywood stars can have humble beginnings. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for Elba in our next round of multiplayer gaming. Who knows, maybe he’s the next big thing in the world of professional gaming!
Did you grow up playing Commodore 64 games? What are your thoughts on Elba’s comments? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: New York Times, via Kotaku UK. Image credit: Idris Elba/Twitter. Actor Idris Elba Grew Up Playing Commodore 64 Games