Idris Elba’s new documentary about training to be a pro kickboxer looks like a must-watch 5 years ago

Idris Elba’s new documentary about training to be a pro kickboxer looks like a must-watch

“I’m doing it not for the gold or the glory. Far from it. It’s just for the challenge.”

If you were to handpick a famous television and movie star to feature in a documentary about kickboxing, then Idris Elba would be close to the top of most lists.

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As well as being something of a physical beast, he knows how to play the role of a badass down to a tee, most notably as DCI John Luther in 'Luther' and, of course, Stringer Bell in 'The Wire'.

It’s one thing being a tough guy in a work of fiction and a whole other thing doing it in real life, but Elba is doing just that in a new documentary called 'Idris Elba: Fighter', which begins on Discovery on Tuesday (January 17).

The documentary sees Elba training to become a professional kickboxer, in the space of just 12 months, even going as far as to compete in his first professional fight at the age of 44 late last year.

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It will hardly come as a huge surprise to learn that he won the fight.

Judging by the trailer, it looks like a must-watch for fans of Elba and combat sports in general; it goes out on Discovery at 10pm.

Clip via Discovery UK

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