“It humbles you!”: Jonathan Majors Discusses His Experience Working With Idris Elba

Spent “two months standing right next to Idris Elba!”

Jonathan Majors recognises Idris Elba’s good looks!

Jonathan Majors, who hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time, made fun of his The Harder They Fall co-star Idris Elba‘s good looks, where he talked about working at Red Lobster, and revealed another title for his upcoming Marvel film.

Majors started his monologue by talking about the making of the Netflix Western The Harder They Fall, in which he and Idris Elba play rival outlaws.

“It was fun filming that movie, but if you ever want to feel bad about how you look, definitely spend two months standing right next to Idris Elba! It humbles you!” he said.

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The Lovecraft Country actor also discussed his path to becoming a leading man.

“Growing up, I was a military brat. My father was in the Air Force, my mother was a pastor, so hallelujah, and I moved around a lot,” he said.

He added, “I like to say I was born in California, raised in Texas, educated in North Carolina, roughed up in New York City, and re-educated in New Haven, Connecticut, which I guess is my roundabout way of saying, yeah, I went to Yale.”

“When I was 17, I was homeless living in my car, working at Red Lobster and Olive Garden,” Majors said. “But you know what? I learned from that experience. You know, I learned that Red Lobster and Olive Garden are owned by the same parent company, so you can work at both places with no problem!”

“Side note: it’s crazy how many people got their start at Red Lobster,” Majors stated, before going on to say that both Nicki Minaj and Chris Rock are Red Lobster alums. “Now, I don’t know what they’re putting in them Cheddar Bay biscuits, but it’s working.” 

“That experience, it taught me a lot,” he continued. “It taught me that work hard, if you trust the plan great things can happen. I’ve got a beautiful daughter. I’m going to be the next Marvel, Ant-Man movie, or as the Black community likes to call it Not Black Panther.”

He ended his monologue by describing how feeling the “bigness” of hosting SNL reminded him of his grandfather’s advice.

“He’d say, ‘Grandson, everything’s big at first but you walk up on it, you face it and pretty soon it’s so small, you can put it in your pocket.’ Which incidentally is the tagline for the next Ant-Man movie!”

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