Idris Elba is happy with the rumour he has a ''massive penis''.

The 42-year-old British actor saw his Twitter followers rise sharply and a flurry of activity on his social media account back in August 2014 after photos were released from the set of his film 'A Hundred Streets' - in which he starred with Gemma Arterton - seemingly showing him with a very impressive bulge in his trousers.

Far from being upset that he was being objectified for his apparently awesome appendage, Idris found the whole episode ''fun''.

Speaking to the new issue of Maxim magazine, he said: ''For a minute, the rumour was great. I saw my Twitter account rise. I was like, 'What is this popularity? Oh, oh, I see, it's 'cause they think I have a massive penis.' But we all had fun with it. I certainly did.''

Despite all the speculation about his manhood, Idris won't actually discuss the true size of his penis because it wouldn't be right.

He added: ''What am I gonna say? I'm not gonna go out there and pretend that I have a 12-foot d**k. It's just not how I was raised, you know what I mean?''

At the time the photos were released, Idris took to Twitter to tell the world the bulge in his trousers was actually a microphone wire he needed to hide during filming.