Idris Elba thinks he can do ''anything''.

The 42-year-old actor, producer, singer, rapper and DJ always wants to challenge himself to push his creativity in new directions and doesn't understand why people would want to impose restrictions on their talents.

He said: ''We only use 12 per cent of our brains and I want to use more

''My challenge is to be creative and keep pushing the envelope. I don't see why I can't do anything.

''Some might say, you can act but you can't be a painter, or a musician or a poet. But it all comes from the same source.''

As well as pushing himself creatively, Idris is also happy to do his own stunts on movie sets.

He said: ''I do a lot of them. There aren't many stunt guys who look like me.''

Despite his busy schedule, Idris tries to spend as much time as possible with his girlfriend Naiyana Garth, their eight-month-old son Winston and his 11-year-old daughter Isan, who he has from his marriage to Kim Elba, but admits it isn't always easy.

He told Britain's Marie Claire magazine: ''There's just a lot of logistics. I've always worked away a great deal, so you have to work around it. It makes being around family time much more precious.''