Djimon Hounsou is talking about how people in Hollywood have treated him.
The two-time Oscar nominee told The Guardian in an interview that came out Thursday that he feels “seriously cheated” by the movie business.
“Today, we talk a lot about how white the Oscars are, but I remember when I had no help at all,” he said. “I had no help from my own people, the media, or the business world. It felt like, “You’ve been nominated, so you should be happy,” and that was that.”
Hounsou, who is 58 years old, was nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in In America (2003) and Blood Diamond (2006).
He said, “I’m still trying hard to make a dollar.” “I worked my way up in the business with some people who are very rich but don’t have as many awards as I do. So I feel cheated, very cheated, both in terms of money and the amount of work I have to do.”
“When I’ve gone to studios for meetings, the people there have said, “Wow, after Amistad, it felt like you just got off the boat and then went back.” We didn’t know you were a real actor until you told us,’ “Hounsou said that his first big role was in Steven Spielberg’s film Amistad, which came out in 1997.
“When you hear things like that, you can tell that some people have a very narrow view of you or what you stand for. But that’s the way it is. I have to make that right, “He kept going.
He told The Guardian, “I still have to show why I should be paid.” “They always throw me a low ball: ‘We only have this much for the role, but we love you so much and think you can bring so much.'”
“Viola Davis said it beautifully: she’s won an Oscar, she’s won an Emmy, she’s won a Tony and she still can’t get paid,” Hounsou said, comparing his experience to the now EGOT-winning actress. “Film after film, it’s a struggle. I haven’t worked on a movie that paid me enough.”
But being in Shazam! gave Hounsou a lot of respect. Fury of the Gods is the wizard who gives superhero powers to Billy Batson.
Hounsou said, “Out of all of them, the DC universe has a level of respect.” “At first, there wasn’t much to the role, but I did it anyway because it was fun. But it was a little more polite the second time.”
“From time to time, people in Hollywood will say, “We should give him more, he’s not getting enough attention.” I think they know that for themselves, “Hounsou continued. “Hey, this is the problem I have to solve!”
Shazam! Fury of the Gods is the follow-up to the 2019 movie Shazam! The movie continues the story of Billy Batson, who becomes an adult superhero when he says the magic word “SHAZAM!” and is struck by the Living Lightning of the gods.
Asher Angel is also back as Shazam’s teenage alter ego, Billy Batson. Zachary Levi is back as the title character, the superhero.
The official plot summary for the movie on DC’s website says that in the sequel, Billy and his family are “thrown into a battle for their superpowers, their lives, and the fate of their world.”