Conversation with . . . Djimon Hounsou

14 03 2008

For most of the films that we have seen him in, Djimon Hounsou is always the straight-up wise man who’s the moral center to the less fortunate. From ‘Gladiator’ to ‘Beauty Shop’ to his Oscar nominated roles in ‘In America’ and ‘Blood Diamond’, he’s the one guy you can’t imagine will lose his cool. In his latest film, ‘Never Back Down’, he dons on the mentor persona again as he tries to teach a young lad the art of discipline when it some to letting off some steam.

Set against the action-packed world of Mixed Martial Arts, “Never Back Down” is the story of Jake Tyler, a tough kid who leads with his fists, and, often, with his heart. Jake Tyler, played by Sean Faris, is the new kid in town with a troubled past. He has recently moved to Orlando, Florida with his family who has relocated to support his younger brother’s shot at a professional tennis career. Jake was a star athlete on the football team at home, but in this new city he is an outsider with a reputation for being a quick tempered brawler.

Making an attempt to fit in, at the invitation of a flirtatious classmate, Baja (Amber Heard) Jake goes to a party where he is unwittingly pulled into a fight with a bully named Ryan McDonald (Cam Gigandet). While he is defeated and humiliated in the fight, a classmate introduces himself to Jake and tells him about the sport known as Mixed Marshall Arts (MMA). He sees a star in Jake and asks that he meet with his mentor, Jean Roqua, played by Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “In America”).

Hounsou talks about his role in the film and learning a new form of training.

To read the entire interview, click here.

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14 03 2008
Conversations with . . . Djimon Hounsou

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