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Idris Elba training for charity boxing match

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A smiling Idris Elba, who was recognised for his role in Luther

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Idris Elba has revealed that he's training to take part in a charity boxing match.

The Luther star took up the sport in order to get fit for his upcoming role as Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom.

He told New York Magazine: "If an alien craft were to come down and go, 'We want the fittest people in the world', we'd give them a bunch of soldiers and boxers. I want to take my body there."

Elba added that he is now considering making a documentary about his training and organising a boxing match to raise funds for children in Sierra Leone, his father's native country.

The 39-year-old actor also revealed that he isn't afraid of hurting his face, because he doesn't think of himself as an image-based actor.

"If I made my living off my face alone, I don't think I'd be here talking to you now," he said. "I don't have much to lose. Besides, there are characters out there that have crooked noses. I think I'll get those characters."

He currently stars in Ridley Scott's Prometheus alongside Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender.

Watch a clip from Prometheus below:

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