LOS ANGELES:- Idris Elba didn't realise how ''difficult'' directing would be. The 45-year-old actor has stepped behind the camera to work on 'Yardie', and though he had a lot of ''fun'' making a film for the first time, it wasn't easy. He said: ''I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to direct this material, with which I can identify quite a bit. ''The story takes place in London and Jamaica, and it's based on the novel [Victor Headley's 'Yardie'], which was popular urban fiction in the 1980s and 1990s. ''It's been a lot of fun but the hardest thing I've done.–CM

''I never realised how difficult it was going to be, but I loved it and getting to spend time in Jamaica was phenomenal.''