What is it about Idris?
I’m not sure if it’s the build, the eyes, the accent or the baritone – but I swear to the gods, that swarthy Adonis could even turn Bob Katter and every one of his Queenslander-eating crocodiles.
As he’s a phenomenal character actor, we all have a favourite Idris. Perhaps yours is the thuggish Mumbles from Rock ‘n’ Rolla, the golden-eyed Heimdall from Thor, or perhaps you’re a traditionalist, and you prefer Idris as Matt Gregory in Dangerfield?
Personally, as a lifetime fan of The Wire, Idris will always be the suited Baltimore gangster Stringer Bell (Strang… to his friends).
This is 2018, it’s a new world and we’re all woke now, so you are free to pick the Stringer – I mean, Idris – of your choosing.
However, before you commit to one Idris over all other Idrises (or, is it “Idri?”), allow me to introduce a lesser-known Idris:
Deep house DJ Idris.
Yep, on top of being an acclaimed character actor (one who has repeatedly tipped to be the next 007) who has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award four times, a hugely acclaimed kickboxer (I’m not even kidding) and having also been awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – it turns out that Idris is also a skilled house DJ.
From the age of 18, Idris was a well-known DJ in the British nightclub scene, where he played under the name “Big Driis.”
Big Driis picked up his skills on the knobs and dials during his formative years, when he would assist his uncle who had a wedding DJ business.
Like I said, you’re free to choose whichever Idris you prefer, but… come on!
These days, Idris still runs the tunes at the kind of swish events people with an OBE and four Golden Globe nominations get invited to. Or, as I like to call them, “the kinds of parties I’ll never get to go to.”
Luckily for us, however, Idris recently got back on the decks for an exclusive DJ set at DanceFM in the U.K.
So sit back, turn it up, and let the man work.