On the occasion of the theatrical release of “Sans un noise 2”, in which he stars alongside Cillian Murphy and Emily Blunt, we asked a few questions of actor Djimon Hounsou, established Hollywood figure and holder of an award. very rich filmography.
Djimon Hounsou has a deep voice and a calm tone. Francophone by his origin and his Beninese nationality – he is also naturalized American-, he speaks in a French which sometimes gives way to English, his current language since he settled in the United States in 1990. That same year he appeared for the first time in a movie, Without you I’m nothing, musical comedy released directly on VHS but instantly became cult.
During these thirty years which separate him today from his beginnings, Djimon Hounsou has built himself a very beautiful filmography. It is the main role of Friendship of Steven Spielberg, savior and loyal friend of Russell Crowe in Gladiator, we see it in The Island, Blood Diamond, in Marvel and DC films … Used to super-productions, comfortable in just about any genre, he is currently playing at Without a sound 2, sequel to the 2018 horror film and soon to be a full-fledged saga, created and conducted by John Krasinski. On the occasion of the release of Without a sound 2 (our review here), we were able to ask him a few questions.
His arrival in the universe Without a sound
“I got a call from John Krasinski, while he was preparing this second film Without a Sound. He told me that he needed a new character and that he immediately thought of Me, that I fit that character, so I didn’t have a lot to compose, and since Without a Sound was such a big international success, there was ultimately little thought to be done to join the family from the first film.
It was a pure pleasure, and joining the team and the family of Sans un noise for its continuation, in a continuation with always John Krasinski at its head, that makes the process more interesting. “
I play one of the survivors of the initial event and … I can’t really say more, I don’t want to spoil the surprise (laughs).
Without a sound 2, to meet again after the pandemic
“As for everyone, the year 2020 has been difficult, but it was also an opportunity to get used to thinking, when usually a year is occupied by filming and promotional tours. therefore freed of time, of force, and it was therefore the opportunity to take a step back on what one does with his life. We must try to put the emotions of the moment at a distance, and take the opportunity to think about what ‘We do it and how we do it. For a lot of us, I think that has helped put things in perspective.
We are social beings, and it also reminded us that we wanted to be together, to go to the cinema, to share the emotions of films that we can only see on the big screen, like Sans un noise 2, where silence is him. – even a character. It would be too bad to experience this alone on a small screen. His images, his recurring absence of sound, it’s made for the cinema! “
I believe after this virus, which hurt and scared a lot of people, it’s time to find each other and it’s good that Without a noise 2 comes out at that time.
Djimon Hounsou, a privileged character trait in an extended register
“It’s important for me to be able to play characters who have a real connection to a form of idealism, I would even say to faith. Maybe I was lucky enough to start with strong roles, then of course. there was Amistad, and then Gladiator, films where my character engages a real relationship with the faith.
I don’t know why these roles particularly came to me, except perhaps because of their sensitivity. I am drawn to what I would simply call human sensitivity. “
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“I often think about that, I think in a way it’s imperative to think about that, and I thought about it during this difficult time. I would like to come back to Lyon one day, see the corner of the school that I I attended. It was an important experience, which shaped me for what I then did here. Unfortunately, I return very little to France, and I miss it. “
Currently I am in Atlanta where we are shooting “Shazam! Fury of the gods”, after that I will shoot in Ghana the film “Panzi”, in which I will play Doctor Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2018.
A shoot and a collaboration that he particularly cherishes
“I especially believe that it is on Blood Diamond, where my relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio was very dynamic. I will never forget this experience. We kept in touch both, he’s someone very important in the industry. cinema, and for whom I have a lot of respect. I keep Blood Diamond really in my heart, it was huge. “
Without a sound 2, by John Krasinski. At the movie theater June 16, 2021. Find the trailer here.