Idris Elba has admitted that he’s never watched a full season of The Wire.
The British actor portrayed drug lord Russell “Stringer” Bell in the critically acclaimed HBO series, but has yet to watch a full season of the show, he admitted to Playboy:
By the way, you know I’ve never watched The Wire. I’ve seen a full episode at screenings but never at home. I’ve never watched an entire season. I’ve not seen any episode of season two, most of season three and none of seasons four and five.
I’m supercritical of my own work. As an actor, if you’re being told how wonderful you are, what do you need to strive for? I don’t know if I’m good just because some critic says I am in the press.