Djimon Hounsou Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Comedy And Action
Explaining how he became involved with the Marvel adaptation, actor Djimon Hounsou talks about Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn's humor, the amount of action he has and much more!
Speaking with ScreenCrush, Djimon Hounsou talked more vaguely about his role as Korath the Pursuer in Guardians of the Galaxy. On filming so far, the two-time Oscar-nominated actor says, "It’s been great. I mean I got to go back and finish, but it’s been great. Most of my stuff [has been shot], yes. I shot and I still have one more week left, one more big scene to do." On the action in the Marvel adaptation, Hounsou says, Well, there is but not a lot – I’m doing a quite a bit of action but it’s not that much compared to some other films that I’ve done with kicking and boxing. But this is more contained, yeah, it’s quite fun." Whether director James Gunn's "idiosyncratic" humor shows itself in his role, the actor explains, "Well, yeah. I’m not really concentrating or thinking about the comedy aspect. I’m just thinking about the variety of flavorful work, if you will. And again, the Marvel world always is interesting for anybody, really. And for your son to see you almost like a superhero, I mean I’m not playing a superhero but like, you know, to see you in that sort of like world is quite fun. It’s fun for us as grownups as well to be playing tough boys. At the end of the day it’s all about cowboys & Indians."
Before joining the cast on stage during Marvel Studios' panel at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, Djimon Hounsou's involvement with Guardians of the Galaxy was completely unheard of. In a separate interview, The Source asked the actor how the role of Korath came about. "That’s a good question," he said. "I was called in and when I met them and talked about various characters and the director James Gunn is somebody I really like and wanted to work with and so this was a great opportunity to be part of something that I can remember, something that can be instrumental for my son." Anyhow, a reporter for Canoe, who "lamented Marvel's decision" to green-light Guardians, notes that his recent visit to the set has persuaded his change of heart. "Aside from what I saw who I talked to while there -- which has gone a long way towards convincing me Marvel know precisely what they're doing - the thing that really turned me around on Guardians of the Galaxy was (gasp!) the comics themselves," the reporter says. Check out his full post here!
“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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