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Djimon Hounsou: When Will Hollywood Acknowledge This Beninese Gem

Some great talents don’t get rewarded with the recognition that they deserve. One such case is that of Djimon Hounsou. In a career spanning decades, he has starred in many of the top films and TV shows that we have all come to love. He has given many great performances.

Despite all this, recognition seems to elude this star of Beninese descent. This needs to change. We intend to do just that! We put a spotlight on this amazing talent who has a fascinating backstory. Furthermore, we think that he needs to star as a lead in a superhero film. More on that, later. We first take a look at the hits this gem has been in.

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Djimon Hounsou is in All Our Favorite Movies

When would hollywood acknowledge Djimon Hounsou
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As far as superhero movies go, he has an impressive record. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), he plays Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Captain Marvel, and in the second episode of What if…? (2021)

He has featured extensively in DCEU films too! He played Papa Midnite in Constantine (2005). Next, he plays the Fisherman King in Aquaman (2018) and the wizard Shazam in Shazam (2019), and in the upcoming film Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023). Moreover, he even voiced Black Panther in the animated series.

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His Fascinating Story

When would hollywood acknowledge Djimon Hounsou
Djimon Hounsou

He was born in Benin in a humble background. His father was a cook. He left for France, at the age of 12, to pursue his studies. There, he did not do well in school and dropped out. However, a chance meeting with a photographer led to his start in his modeling career. Later he became an actor and the rest, as they say, is history!

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Djimon Hounsou Deserves The Top Role In a Superhero Movie

When would hollywood acknowledge Djimon Hounsou
A photo of Djimon Hounsou

Hounsou is an amazing actor, and his decades of work are a testament to this fact. He is more than capable to star as the lead in a superhero movie. What’s more, he deserves it. What do you think of his career? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.

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Written by Angad Singh

Lawyer, news junkie and about a dozen other things.