Jimmy Fallon reveals the cover to Elba and then demands that he perform both "sweet" and "smoldering" as the cover blurb describes him.
Jimmy Fallon had the honor of announcing the winner of People magazine's annual "Sexiest Man Alive" on "The Tonight Show" Monday night, and we're pretty sure no one is going to disagree with this selection.
Perhaps it's because Idris Elba has long been considered one of the most handsome actors in the world, while last year's winner Blake Shelton is known more as that joking, good-old-boy country singer who spars with Adam Levine on "The Voice."
While he didn't get him in-studio for the big reveal, Fallon had Elba via satellite from London where he could share the exciting news with everyone. And while Elba knew he was the guy, he hadn't seen the magazine cover yet, so Fallon had something new to share with him, too.
Hilariously, Elba looked unimpressed with his cover image at first before admitting, "It's amazing."
He went on to say, "I'm really, really happy with that, man. Thank you so much, People magazine for making me sexiest man in the world. I'm loving that. It's an honor. My mom is going to be very, very proud."
And just to prove that he'd earned all the accolades People was bestowing on him, Fallon homed in on the two words the magazine used to describe their new "Sexiest Man Alive." In the cover blurb, Elba is described as a "sweet, smoldering superstar," so Fallon had him show us a little of each.
If we're being totally honest, he nailed both of them. And if it doesn't make you swoon at least a little, no matter your orientation, you might just be dead inside. You should probably get that checked out.
Elba was sweet and humble in accepting the honor. We're just disappointed Shelton didn't fly out to London to hand him a "Sexiest Man Alive" crown or something. Beauty queens get crowns, so why not sexy men? Or at the very least, can we get Idris Elba as James Bond? That character oozes sexy and now Elba has the official credentials.