‘She makes fun of me about it to this day!’ Idris Elba reveals a BAT ruined his steamy shower romp with wife Sabrina while he was filming in South Africa
Idris Elba has revealed the hilarious moment his steamy shower romp with his wife Sabrina was brought to an abrupt end by a rogue bat.
The actor, 49, who is set to star in the upcoming film Beast, shared the amusing anecdote from his time shooting in South Africa, admitting he is ‘horrified’ by the animal.
Idris, who married Sabrina in 2019, also admitted his never been able to live down his reaction to seeing the bat, and his wife still ‘makes fun of him to this day.’
Amusing: Idris Elba has revealed the hilarious moment his steamy shower romp with his wife Sabrina was brought to an abrupt end by a rogue bat (pictured in May)
Speaking in an interview with Men’s Journal, Idris said: ‘I was shooting in Limpopo. My wife was there and we were going to have some fun in the shower.
‘Some morning romance, you know? She got in, then I followed her and closed the door. But then I looked down and clinging for life to the inside shower door handle was this bat.
‘A tiny, wet bat. I hate bats. It was freaky as f***. I jumped out of the shower so fast. My wife makes fun of me about it to this day — ”You left me in the shower with a bat!”
Wings up! The actor shared the amusing anecdote from his time shooting in South Africa, and admitted he is ‘horrified’ by the animal (stock image)
Idris went onto reveal that he first developed a fear of bats while he was in Australia in 2019.
The Luther star has been in the midst of promoting his survival film Beast which pits a widowed husband, on a trip to South Africa with his daughters, against a huge rogue lion who is tracking them.
However the actor, has since revealed that the lion was created using special effects and during filming there was a stand-in stuntman wearing a big foam mask, and it proved challenging for him to recreate the same level of fear.
Idris told The Daily Mail’s Alison Boshoff: ‘I haven’t done a movie where I’m imagining — and fighting with — something that is not really there, in such close proximity.
Role: Idris is set to star in Beast, a survival story which pits a widowed husband, on a trip to South Africa with his daughters, against a huge rogue lion who is tracking them
‘I’ve fought in other movies with swords and weapons and against things that aren’t there.
‘But how fearful can you be when you’ve got a guy in a grey suit and a big floppy head trying to beat you? So that was a skill set that I had to learn.’
He added: ‘I don’t like to watch films that I’m in.
Funny: The lion was created using special effects and during filming there was a stand-in stuntman wearing a big foam mask
‘I typically go to a premiere, watch the first ten minutes and then leave. But for some reason, I stayed… which was torture!
‘However, I was just fascinated about how we achieved the ferociousness of this lion.’
Elba plays a man who brings his two daughters to Africa, where he first met his late wife, when their lives are turned upside down.
‘It’s about a family that go back to a small village in West Africa to mourn the death of a loved one, my ex-wife and my childrens’ mother,’ he explained on The Tonight Show this week.
Plot: ‘It’s about a family that go back to a small village in West Africa to mourn the death of a loved one, my ex-wife and my childrens’ mother,’ he explained on The Tonight Show this week
‘Basically, they find themselves cornered by a rogue lion who has been sort of broken from their pride by poachers,’ Elba continued.
He added the movie is, ‘basically a survival story,’ adding his character and his daughters, ‘are having a tough time dealing with the death of their mum, so it’s really about the beast coming for them, the beast of mourning, the beast of family ties and how that all comes together
‘We based that lion in the movie on a lion that’s been extinct for a long time, it’s called a Barbary lion,’ he said.
‘It was a huge lion, much bigger than the average lion, so for the film we just amplified the fact that this was really big,’ Elba added.
They also shared a laugh over the stuntman Owen who was dressed in a makeshift ‘tiger’ suit, which Fallon joked was the ‘scariest thing I’ve seen in my life.’
Beast will be in cinemas from August 26.
Glamorous: Idris (pictured at the Beast premiere earlier this week) married his wife Sabrina in 2019, and revealed she still ‘makes fun of him’ about his bat scare