Djimon Hounsou Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; 'It Has No Place In This World'
Discussing the lack of diversity in superhero movies, what it's like joining the Marvel universe and more, Djimon Hounsou also talks about filming Guardians of the Galaxy and working with James Gunn.
Promoting his upcoming film, Baggage Claim, Djimon Hounsou talked with Collider briefly about his role as Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy. Acknowledging his mentions at Comic-Con about his son’s recognition of the lack of diversity in superhero films, Hounsou says, "The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can’t really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world, a little bit. It gives a certain social distance with your world. So, it was very shocking when my son said that. It shocked me, but at the same time, it was not a surprise. It’s one of those things that even I have been looking for. I’m looking for a hero of my kind, and I’m looking for a shero of my kind. Now, we have Zoe Saldana, who is a shero for minorities, and that’s nice."
What it's like being a part of the Marvel universe, Djimon Hounsou says, "We like to make the Marvel comics films because they’re fun. Families can go see them together. They’re entertaining. They aspire to inspire, and that is cool. At the same time, not all of us can identify and connect, necessarily. But, Marvel movies are so much fun. Those guys are creating fun stuff." Whether James Gunn changes the Guardians of the Galaxy script often on set, or whether he have creative freedom on the Marvel adaptation, Hounsou adds, "I don’t really think, because it’s that expensive, it’s necessarily less free, as far as the creative freedom. The creative freedom is still very much alive and existing, especially with genre films, because you can do that interpretation however you see fit. It comes from a world that we are completely creating, from the ground up, and conceptualizing, from the group up. So, it can go any kind of way. Guardians of the Galaxy is a completely different world. It has no place in this world. Even for us, coming to set and looking at it, you go, “Wow!” Every other day, you feel like you’re in a different part of the galaxy. You don’t feel like you’re on planet earth. We’re mostly on a soundstage, but some sets were built on the outside. We’re in a space world. It’s pretty cool. It’s really fun." For the full interview with Djimon Hounsou, head over to Collider where he talks about voicing Black Panther. Also, watch a recently uploaded video chat with the Guardians of the Galaxy cast and director James Gunn, below. What do you think?
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” the next epic adventure from Marvel Studios, is directed by James Gunn from his screenplay, with a story by Nicole Perlman and Gunn, and the film will introduce audiences to a whole new side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The all-star cast includes Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula, two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Academy Award® winner Benicio del Toro as The Collector, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close as Nova Prime. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is slated for August 1, 2014!
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