Nov 2, 2013
What's Gay About Djimon Hounsou?
But who was Djimon Hounsou?
Born in 1964 in Benin, West Africa, Djimon moved to Paris at age 13, where he was discovered by fashion designer Thierry Mugler and became a model (he reprised his modeling career in 2007 in a Calvin Klein underwear ad).
He moved to the U.S. in 1990, appeared in music videos with Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul, and began acting, mostly playing Africans, such as Cinque, leader of the slave revolt in Amistad (1997), or Nigerian immigrant Mobalage Ikabo in a recurring role on ER (1999).
In Gladiator (2000), he plays the Nubian slave Juba, who befriends fellow gladiator Maximus (Russell Crowe). When Maximus dies in a match with the Emperor, Juba buries some figurines he made of his partner and his family, and vows that they will be together in the afterlife.
In Never Back Down (2009), he plays Jean Roqua, who trains the young Jake Tyler (Sean Farris) in martial arts.
The actor had a wife and a son, so presumably he's heterosexual in real life. He's apparently never said a word about gay people, positive or negative, so he may be unaware that they exist. He does talk about the lack of diversity in film, especially superhero films, but I think he means racial diversity.