Idris Elba Reflects On His Acting Journey, Reveals He Sold Weed To Dave Chapelle To Fund His Dreams

Idris Elba took quite the risk to fund his acting dream.

On Friday’s episode of The Jess Cagle Show on Sirius XM, Elba revealed that slinging weed was amongst the “odd jobs” he had to indulge in to make some dough. And of one his then-clients so happened to be comedian, Dave Chappelle.

“I went to a performing arts college and did two years of everything –– scene painting, a little ballet, a little contemporary dance,” said Elba, referring to the early days of his acting career in London. “I came out and basically went straight into work.”

However, when he moved to America, things seemed to take a sudden turn, and not for the better. “It just all fell flat on its face very quickly for about four years,” he adds. “In that time period, I did a lot of things that I’m not proud of. But I did a lot of the things.”

He then goes on to confess, “I used to sell weed. It wasn’t [legal] back then. I did that for a little bit just to pay the way. Dave Chappelle remembers me ’cause he used to buy weed from me. Anyway, moving on. But yeah, I did all kinds of things, to be honest.”

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