The Pacific Rim actor - who has 11-year-old daughter, Isan, with his ex-wife Dormowa Sherman - admits the only women who approach him nowadays are autograph-hunters, and he misses the days before he was famous when he was more accessible to females.
He said: "Look, you probably think I'm getting lucky all the time. But there's no way.
"They're all my fans. I miss the days when me and my boys could go to a barbecue, and go, 'Who's that shorty girl over there?'"
Despite insisting fame has disrupted his ability to get close to women, the 41-year-old star is thankful for his "great career" but wouldn't mind if he never worked again should his upcoming film Long Walk to Freedom - in which he plays former South African President Nelson Mandela - be classed as a flop.
He added to Esquire magazine: "People are going to judge me for this role. I don't look like Mandela, some say I don't deserve it. Whatever.
"For me, it's important I am who I am, as I present this piece to the world. I'm 40 and I've had a great career. I'm alright to be myself at this point. Look, if I never work again, I don't care. I did my bit, you know?"
Last month, Idris revealed he was left devastated when he found out his ex-girlfriend, Desiree Newberry's, baby son Otenga was not his following a paternity test.
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