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18/10/2013 05:04 BST

Idris Elba: 'I've Tried Every Drug Going'

He may have played a drug dealer in 'The Wire', but it's emerged Idris Elba might have used his own personal experiences to get into character, after admitting he's tried 'every drug going'.

Opening up about his past to Playboy magazine, the 'Luther' star confessed: "I’m not gonna lie — I’ve tried everything.

"I’ve tried it all. I played one of the biggest drug dealers in the world on TV, so you think I’d know what I was talking about."

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Idris Elba

Idris - who played Baltimore based crack dealer Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell in 'The Wire', previously admitted to selling marijuana to make ends meet when he was younger.

He told GQ magazine earlier this year: "I was DJ’ing, but I was also pushing bags of weed; I was doing my work," he said. "I had to. I know that sounds corny, but this is the truth."

Fans will next see Idris take on the role of Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'.

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