During a marathon three-hour-plus interview with podcast superstar Joe Rogan, Chappelle discussed a variety of topics and shared some rarely known details about his celebrity friends.
The Emmy and Grammy-winning funnyman used Elba as a perfect example of why one should treat service people with kindness — because you’ll never know where they’ll end up.
“Idris Elba, the famous actor, used to be a security guard at [comedy club] Caroline’s on Broadway …” he revealed. “I used to buy weed from him.”
Yes, Chappelle spilled the beans about the British actor who was once People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” being a petty pot peddler.
Before his breakout role as intelligent thug Stringer Bell on David Simon’s seminal HBO series “The Wire” in 2004, Elba worked the door at the famous New York City comedy haunt.
Elba went on to become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after stars with film credits including Ridley Scott’s 2007 film “American Gangster,” the “Thor” movie franchise, “The Mountain Between Us” and the acclaimed crime drama series “Luther.”
In 2015, he received high marks for his leading role in “Beasts of No Nation.”