His career spans three decades, he has worked with directors such as Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, as well as having been nominated for two Oscars, but Djimon Hounsou believes that Hollywood studios still do not give him the consideration he deserves. And so the Shazam actor has made it known! The fury of the gods in an interview with The Guardian.
“I still suffer from trying to make a dollar. I’ve worked with people who have been paid much better than me and received much less praise than me. I feel cheated, tremendously ripped off by the industry in terms of work and salary”, lamented the actor who explained that he always needed to fight to get a fair salary.
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“I still have to prove that I deserve the salary that I deserve. They are always offering me much less: “We only have this to pay you, but we love you and we think you can offer a lot to this role”… Movie after movie. It’s a constant struggle, I’m yet to see the project that offers me a fair salary.”
the last role of Hounsou has been like the Wizard who gives his powers to Billy Batson so that he becomes the superhero Shazam. A character who appeared in the first film, but whose screen time has been extended in this sequel, The Fury of the Gods, which hit theaters on March 17.
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Two Oscar nominations but always high school
Another of Hounsou’s complaints is the fact that he always has been underestimated by the fact of working with white actors better known than him. The actor has recalled when he made his debut in Spielberg’s Friendship for which he was lauded around the world, but the Oscar nomination went to his partner Anthony Hopkins.
Or when shared the same screen time as Leonardo Dicaprio in Blood Diamond and this was nominated for Best Lead Actor and for Djimon Hounsou it was for Supporting Actor. “Now we talk about the Oscars being too white, but I remember that at the time I didn’t have any kind of support from the press, or from my people, or from the industry.”
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