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Idris Elba is training to become a professional kickboxer

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Today in some unfortunate news for any professional kickboxers out there, Deadline is reporting that Idris Elba—who seems to be good at everything—is going to be starring in a series of TV specials about training to become a professional fighter. In other words, Elba is going to kickbox the hell out of some dudes and look distractingly handsome while doing it. Elba says it’s been a “lifelong ambition” of his to be a professional kickboxer, and he’s going to use this miniseries to see if he has the physical and mental strength to step into the ring and face an actual “seasoned brawler in a no-holds-barred bout.”

The series is called Idris Elba: Fighter, and it’s being produced by Discovery Networks International, which was also behind his car show Idris Elba: No Limits. According to the Deadline story, Fighter will be “intimate” and offer “a window onto Elba the man, rather than the actor/star.” Of course, Elba will be receiving all of the benefits that an actor/star of his caliber would expect, including “mentoring from former world champions, trainers, and coaches” as well as an opportunity to “travel the world to incorporate unorthodox methods and regimens to increase his chances for the main event.”


For those hoping to get a sneak peek at Elba’s training to become a kickboxing master in addition to an actor/star, he’s been posting some updates on his Instagram:

There’s even this one that features a butt:


And this one that also features a butt:


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