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Despite his 33-year career in Hollywood, with two Oscar nominations and his participation in many action and superhero films, the Djimon Hounsou told Britain’s Guardian that he still feels “extremely cheated” about his pay.
“I’m still struggling to make a dollar!” Hunshu said. “I know several people at work who are perfectly well off and have very few of my accolades. So I feel cheated, terribly cheated, both financially and in terms of workload,” the actor added.
He continued: “I still have to prove why I should be paid. They always come with a low offer: “We only have so much for the role, but we love you so much and we really think you can get more…”. Film by film, it’s a struggle. I have yet to meet the film that paid me fairly.”
Hunshu said Hollywood didn’t give him the attention he deserved from the beginning, starting with his revolutionary role as a rebel slave in Spielberg’s “Amistad.” Despite gaining worldwide acclaim, it was his co-star Anthony Hopkins who earned the film’s only Academy Award nomination. With 2016’s “Blood Diamond,” the Academy nominated Hunshu for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for the Best Actor Oscar, despite the fact that the film focused equally on Hunshu’s character.
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“I felt seriously cheated,” Hunshu told the Guardian. “Today, we talk so much about the Oscars being so ‘white,’ but I remember there was a time when I had no support at all: no support from my own people, no support from the media, no support from the industry itself. It was like, ‘You should be happy you got nominated,’ and that’s it.”
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