Idris Elba has credited his late dad with giving him a new zest for life as he admits he has a fear of death.Kerry Katona takes Katie Price's daughter Princess on holiday while Harvey is in ICU
The Luther actor, 44, lost his dad, Winston, aged 72, four years ago after a battle with cancer.
And while Idris openly admits his fear is, ‘the inevitable: that we’re all going to die’, he says seeing his dad ‘in a box’ gave him a new energy to ‘have a good time while I’m here’.
Recalling how ‘baffled’ he was when he lost his father, Idris told The Red Bulletin: ‘I remember looking at him and being really baffled. That’s it: the biggest influence in my life ends up in this box. He was only 72, and there was so much he wanted to do.
‘So I said to myself, “When it’s over, it’s over.” There’s no second chance. When the man calls you to go, it’s time to go.
‘But f*** that. Up until that point, I’ll do whatever I want. I’ll have a good time while I’m here.’
Idris also spoke of his dream to ‘live forever’ through his acting work and music, adding: ‘You can live forever if you plant enough seeds in the soil. The most successful trees are the ones that spread the most seeds.’
And he wants to be remembered for being a go-getting, explaining: ‘People should say, “This guy reminds me of so many things I want to do and I’ve not done yet, because he never sat still”.’