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Djimon Hounsou recounts 7 key roles, from telling big Africa stories to hanging with Angelina Jolie

Djimon Hounsou recounts 7 key roles, from telling big Africa stories to hanging with Angelina Jolie

Djimon Hounsou was born in Benin, Africa, and moved to Hollywood in 1990 from France, where he’d emigrated in his teens. The actor, now 52, has spent his career maintaining a connection to the stories of his homeland, always aiming to accept projects that focus on the African experience in some way. “I look for a beautiful arc in the character,” Hounsou says. “You hope that the character has great integrity as a man and that you have a social impact in the portrayal of the character. When you start with something like ‘Amistad’ it’s very hard to not be socially involved with issues around the world and involving your continent – the...

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