Shazam! fury of the gods star Djimon Hounsou has lamented the pay inequality he has faced throughout such a celebrated career.
Nominated for two Oscars in the category of Best Supporting Actor thanks to his performances in the 2002 drama In America and 2006 thriller Blood DiamondApparently the Beninese-American is still struggling to “make a buck.”
“I’ve come into business with some people who are absolutely fine and have very little of my praise,” he said. The Guardian. “So I feel cheated, tremendously cheated, in terms of finances and also in terms of workload.”
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Hounsou elaborated: “I went to studios for meetings and they’re like, ‘Wow, we’re sorry you just got off the boat and then you came back. [post-Amistad, his breakout movie with Steven Spielberg]. We didn’t know you were here as a real actor.
“When you hear stuff like that, you can see that some people’s view of you, or what you stand for, is very limiting. But it is what it is. It’s up to me to redeem that.”
“I still have to prove why I need to get paid. They always come to me with a completely low ball: ‘We only have this for the part, but we love you so much and we really think you can bring a lot.’
“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. Movie after movie, it’s a struggle. I have yet to meet the film that she paid me fairly ”.
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Despite feeling cheated by Hollywood, the furious 7 and Charlie’s Angels The cast member continues to cultivate an incredible resume.
According to Lupita Nyong’o, Hounsou is currently filming A quiet place: first daythat will see him repeat A quiet place Part IIThe mysterious ‘Man On Island’.
Shazam! fury of the gods It’s already in theaters.