Idris Elba has stepped out in a statement T-shirt to send an impassioned message to young people to help put an end to knife crime.
The Avengers: Infinity War star wore the garment when he attended the National Film Awards in London on Wednesday (27Mar19).
The T-shirt was all black and had the slogan “Don’t Stab Your Future” emblazoned in a white, jagged font across the front. He completed the look with a navy overcoat, grey tapered trousers, and black sneakers.
Idris’ plea came following the news that knife crime levels in the U.K. have reached a new high, with more than 285 fatal stabbings in the past year, the most since records began in 1946.
The Luther actor, who was honoured with the Best Director prize for his work on crime drama Yardie at the ceremony, called the knife crime epidemic “worse than any war.”
“The more people who raise the alarm, the more awareness there is,” he told the Daily Mirror. “Hopefully (young people will) begin to understand what might happen to them. Apart from dying, it just destroys their lives, and their families’ lives.”
The 46-year-old also called for celebrities to use their platforms to promote a positive change, and insisted that people “aren’t making enough noise” about the problem.
“There are a lot of celebrities who have amazing platforms – say something,” the star encouraged.
Idris had previously spoken out about knife crime earlier this month, when he posted a video on his Instagram page condemning the offence.
“If you’ve got a knife, or you know someone that’s got a knife, tell them to stab themselves right now,” he wrote in the caption. “Because you’re just going to stab your future if you go and stab someone else.”