My Favorite Movie: Idris Elba

"'Animal Kingdom.' I loved that movie because it has a real perspective on a very old story, bad brothers, but a real perspective on family. The whole 'blood is thicker than water' thing is really questioned in that film and in-detail.

"Some of the performances in that film are some of the greatest performances I've seen in a long time. Ben Mendelsohn who plays 'Pope' in that film, these performances take you as an actor … you feel like you're watching real people."

A longtime television and theater staple in his native England, Idris Elba first caught American viewers eye as Stringer Bell on HBO's "The Wire." Since then he's co-starred in a string of high-profile genre movies including "The Losers," "Thor," "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," and this week's "Prometheus." He'll next take the lead in Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim," and the Nelson Mandela biopic "Long Walk to Freedom."