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Idris Elba Says He Perfected His American Accent At The Barbershop + Eric Holder Teams Up With CBS For Legal Drama + Jean-Michel Basquiat Biopic Coming To Theaters

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British actor Idris Elba perfected his English accent in the perfect place: The barbershop. Hear how he did it, plus get the deets on the Eric Holder-inspired drama series and the Jean-Michel Basquiat biopic coming to theaters inside…

Idris Elba got under everyone’s radar when he first starred in the hit HBO series “The Wire” as Stringer Bell fifteen years ago. Now, he’s a bonafide Hollywood titan.

The British actor played an American man in the series and has starred in several American roles since he burst onto the scene. He played the part so well, a lot of people didn’t even know he was British.

Well, he stopped by “The View” during his press tour for his upcoming film, The Mountain Between Us, where he revealed he perfected his American accent in the barbershop. Genius.

“I used to go to the babrshop to perfect my accent,” he said. “If you want to talk about the basketball game in an English accent, it doesn’t come off as good.”

Facts.

The British hottie also talked about growing up in London but staying true to his West African culture, his off jobs before he became an actor, working in the frigid weather for The Mountain Between Us and more. Peep his full interview below:

Ha!

The Mountain Between Us hits theaters tomorrow, October 6th.

By the way, Idris is picture above alongside Chris Rock, Kate Winslet and more as they taped "The Graham Norton Show" at the London Studios, set to be screened on BBC One tomorrow.

In TV news...

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Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will have his life and work come to life in a brand new CBS series titled, “Main Justice.”  We're here for this.

Mr. Holder as teamed up with famed producer Jerry Bruckheimer for the legal series inspired by him. The script is being written by Sascha Penn (“Survivor’s Remorse”) and executive produced by Holder and Bruckheimer.

Deadline gives us a synopsis of the new series:

Centered around the U.S. Attorney General, the show takes us into the tumultuous world of the 5th floor of the Department of Justice where he takes on the biggest legal and investigative cases in the country all while being the youngest person to ever hold such an esteemed position.

We wonder how close the series will mirror his life being that he’s the first African-American to become the Attorney General of the United States after he was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Will you be tuning in for this show?

In movie news...

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Late American graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat will have his life before fame told in a documentary titled, Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Sara Driver documentary debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and now it will hit movie theaters in 2018.

According to Deadline:

The docu follows Basquiat’s life pre-fame and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements surrounding him formed the artist he became. It includes never before seen works, writings and photographs, and offers insight from the likes of Nan Goldin, Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fred Brathwaite (aka Fab Five Freddy), Lee Quiñones, Luc Sante and others to tell the story of Basquiat and his downtown New York — before AIDS, President Reagan, and the real estate and art booms.

Jean-Michel Basquiat died at the age of 27 in August 1988 after a heroin overdose in his art studio in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood.

 

EXTRAS:

1. "Marlon" has been renewed for season 2. STORY

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