Idris Elba recently spoke to the Daily Mail while promoting his new AppleTV+ movie Hijack, and he shared a story about nearly losing his life after confronting a man.

Elba explained, “I nearly lost my f***ing life, after attempting to stop a man threatening his girlfriend outside a club. A guy (was) whaling on his missus, screaming in her face, ‘I’ll f***ing kill you,’ and so on. I come round and I go ‘Look how beautiful she is. Why would you talk to this beautiful princess like that?'” 

Elba’s plan didn’t work out as planned, as he explained, “He pulled out a gun, stuck it right in my face, and goes, ‘You talking about my girl?’ He thought I was trying to hit on her. I remember thinking, ‘Don’t play negotiations like that… Consequences, man.'”