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Djimon Hounsou

Djimon Hounsou

Birthday: 24 April 1964, Cotonou, Benin
Birth Name: Djimon Gaston Hounsou
Height: 187 cm

Djimon Hounsou was born in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, to Albertine and Pierre Hounsou, a cook. He moved to Lyon, France, when he was 13. Hounsou has graced the catwalks of Paris and London as a popu ...Show more

Djimon Hounsou
Funny enough, every role that I have had, I try to tone down my accent or speak with better diction. Funny enough, every role that I have had, I try to tone down my accent or speak with better diction.
I hope more people will ask diamond companies to continue changing the way they do business in Afric Show more I hope more people will ask diamond companies to continue changing the way they do business in Africa. Hide
The gym can serve as an excellent place where kids and young men and women can really empty their is Show more The gym can serve as an excellent place where kids and young men and women can really empty their issues right on the floor. Hide
I like stories that have a social impact and social attributes to them. That's the whole reason we m Show more I like stories that have a social impact and social attributes to them. That's the whole reason we make films: to broaden our limited view of things and to see how life is evolving elsewhere. Hide
When most people in the West think about Africa, is their first thought about the game reserves and Show more When most people in the West think about Africa, is their first thought about the game reserves and who's chasing gazelles, or are they looking at Africans as people who are equally equipped to do great things, as in the West? Hide
The rocky time came right after I left school. I spent a lot of time at night navigating the streets Show more The rocky time came right after I left school. I spent a lot of time at night navigating the streets of Paris trying to find something to eat. Hide
I happened to the be the fifth child of my family, so everybody was already grown and had left home Show more I happened to the be the fifth child of my family, so everybody was already grown and had left home already. Hide
A lot of times, we also have to live and work. You have to make money to pay rent. In that respect, Show more A lot of times, we also have to live and work. You have to make money to pay rent. In that respect, I don't think you can be so demanding. Those great stories are not the normal stories that come on a daily basis. It's a struggle to land those roles. Everybody is looking for the good parts. Hide
America has this understanding of Africans that plays like National Geographic: a bunch of Negroes w Show more America has this understanding of Africans that plays like National Geographic: a bunch of Negroes with loincloths running around the plain fields of Africa chasing gazelles. Meanwhile, we have Africans and African-Americans, contemporary men, with great stories, great integrity, great heroes and nobody wants to see or hear about those African heroes and those African-American heroes. One day, I will be in a position to play those great human beings on-screen. Hide
Africa is a continent that provides so much for the existence of the rest of the world. We go around Show more Africa is a continent that provides so much for the existence of the rest of the world. We go around the world and cultivate so many things. Hide
Some of the reason why you have so many divorces is that we tend to get married, most of the time, n Show more Some of the reason why you have so many divorces is that we tend to get married, most of the time, not for ourselves, but for others, or for how it looks to others. Hide
We like to make the Marvel comics films because they're fun. Families can go see them together. They Show more We like to make the Marvel comics films because they're fun. Families can go see them together. They're entertaining. They aspire to inspire, and that is cool. Hide
One of the things I find extremely challenging about the continent of Africa is that when the immedi Show more One of the things I find extremely challenging about the continent of Africa is that when the immediate needs and the social needs of people are not met, that kills dreams, and it's all about survival. Hide
My passion is more about bringing the stories out from the African continent mixed with the West. My passion is more about bringing the stories out from the African continent mixed with the West.
As a young boy, I had strange dreams of affecting people and somehow being instrumental in changing Show more As a young boy, I had strange dreams of affecting people and somehow being instrumental in changing the makeup of Africa and helping to improve life there. Hide
Africa is my continent. It is where I opened my eyes. Africa is my continent. It is where I opened my eyes.
Rehearsals are set up so that you find out all the nuances about your character. You never want to b Show more Rehearsals are set up so that you find out all the nuances about your character. You never want to beat yourself up. It's about finding the right direction, and most of the time, the right direction is not what you think is the right direction. That's why the director's there: to guide you there. Hide
I was just a very torn child, very wounded in so many areas, with no family support. I happened to t Show more I was just a very torn child, very wounded in so many areas, with no family support. I happened to the be the fifth child of my family. So everybody was already grown and had left home already. Hide
Even while modeling, I was still practicing kung fu and boxing as sports. Even while modeling, I was still practicing kung fu and boxing as sports.
Until you are somewhat comfortable and confident and embrace who you are as a person, you can't poss Show more Until you are somewhat comfortable and confident and embrace who you are as a person, you can't possibly love somebody else because you don't like yourself that much. Hide
It's a part of most actors to want to be in an animated feature; to extend the legacy of your career Show more It's a part of most actors to want to be in an animated feature; to extend the legacy of your career. Hide
If anything, Calvin Klein is the iconic company in terms of fashion. They do have iconic images for Show more If anything, Calvin Klein is the iconic company in terms of fashion. They do have iconic images for their campaigns. Hide
School bored me. Being educated and being intelligent are two different things. I thought I was smar Show more School bored me. Being educated and being intelligent are two different things. I thought I was smart enough. And I wanted to be an entertainer. I stopped going to school as a way of saying I was mature, a way of saying I was going to choose who I was going to become. --Daily News, December 3, 1997. Hide
The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and Show more The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can't really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world a little bit. Hide
I feel like Africans are too often portrayed as people on the National Geographic channel: the image Show more I feel like Africans are too often portrayed as people on the National Geographic channel: the image is of an African man in a loincloth chasing a gazelle. It's not intentionally racist; I wouldn't call it racist at all. It's a lack of understanding another culture. Hide
Djimon Hounsou's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (53)
Djimon Hounsou Djimon Hounsou'S roles
Drago Bludvist
Drago Bludvist

Horus
Horus

Albert Laurent
Albert Laurent

Cinque
Cinque

Sir Bedevere
Sir Bedevere

Caliban
Caliban

Solomon Vandy
Solomon Vandy

Abou Fatma
Abou Fatma

Henry Carver
Henry Carver

Quinton
Quinton

Jean Roqua
Jean Roqua

Vivo
Vivo

Mobalage Ikabo
Mobalage Ikabo

Radu
Radu

Midnite
Midnite

Chief Mbonga
Chief Mbonga

Kosa
Kosa

Juba
Juba

Korath
Korath

Jakande
Jakande

Motherland
Motherland

King Ricou
King Ricou

Ajihad
Ajihad

CJ Mitchum
CJ Mitchum

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