Djimon Hounsou on Feeling "Cheated" by Hollywood: "I Have Yet to Meet the Film that Paid Me Fairly"
"I still need to prove why it is necessary to get paid," the Oscar-nominated actor stated about feeling tremendously deceived in terms of finances at Hollywood.
He shared that while we talk so much about Oscars being white, he also recalled a time when he had no support."No support from my people, no support from media, or from the industry."It felt like you should be happy that your nomination was accepted.
"I'm still struggling to try to make a dime!"He shared his thoughts."
I've been in business with people who are extremely well-off and have very few of my accolades. So I feel extremely cheated in terms both of finances and of workload.
"I've been to studios for meetings, and they're like, "Wow, it felt like you just got off a boat and then returned [after Amistad]. We didn't know that you were here as an actor," Hounsou stated about his role in Steven Spielberg’s 1997 film Amistad.
He told The Guardian that he still had to prove why he should be paid."They always come at me with a complete lowball: 'We only possess this much for the job, but we love and believe you can bring so many things."
Hounsou compared his experience to that of the actress who won the EGOT award. It's a struggle to make it through film after film. I have yet met a film that paid me fairly."
Hounsou stated that DC Universe is the most respected of all."It wasn't difficult to play the role at first, and it was enjoyable. The second time, it was more respectful.
From time to time, [Hollywood] makes the point of saying, "We should give him more because he's a little underestimated."
Hounsou said that they do recognize this. "Hey, that's the struggle that I have to overcome!"