Djimon Hounsou Explains Why Insurgent Moon Is a Distinctive Franchise Starter

Few actors in all the world are extra qualified to talk about franchises than Djimon Hounsou. The person who most individuals first met when he did Steven Spielberg’s Amistad has since made an unbelievable profession for himself leaping between fantastical film worlds. He’s labored with Marvel. He’s labored with DC. He’s been within the Quick and Livid, Quiet Place, and Kingsman. He’s additionally been in a number of movies (Tarzan, King Arthur, Eragon) that had franchise aspirations however as a substitute fell flat. His newest journey takes him to Insurgent Moon, a two-part sci-fi epic from director Zack Snyder and Netflix. Hounsou thinks it’s Snyder himself that not solely makes Insurgent Moon distinctive however offers it an opportunity to develop into one thing extra.

“The factor that’s distinctive about Insurgent Moon is the story. The essence of the story, wherein I might see the relevance of our world,” Hounsou informed io9 over video chat. “The relevance of our actuality, in a manner, comes off the web page. I can communicate for the geopolitical tentacles which have been holding the continent of Africa again for hundreds of years. That felt prefer it got here off the web page. Simply the make-up of the continent, to the best way he was capable of inform the story of as we speak in such an natural and grounded manner actually drew me [in] and speaks volumes in regards to the state of affairs as we speak.”

Within the movie, Hounsou performs Common Titus, a as soon as well-known army genius who has change into misplaced and is preventing as a gladiator (sure, that he beforehand performed a gladiator in a well-known film with that title was a particular wink to the viewers from Snyder, confirms Hounsou). Titus is recruited by the mysterious Kora (Sofia Boutella) to hitch a random group of warriors all with a rating to settle towards the evil Motherworld.

Hounsou together with his forged members.
Picture: Netflix

Although we don’t study a lot about Titus partly one in every of Insurgent Moon, Hounsou guarantees half two dives deeper and he had entry to all of it. “By way of backstory Zack knew a lot about that world,” Hounsou mentioned. “Every character is properly detailed when it comes to its again historical past in a vogue that it was nearly like Zack Snyder was actually a Bible for every character’s backstory. I imply, he is aware of it forwards and backwards. He is aware of the place they arrive from and the place they’re heading.”

Which he’d need to, as a result of one other factor that makes Snyder distinctive is simply how busy he’s. Hounsou, who has labored with the likes of Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Bay, James Wan, Man Ritchie, and others, nonetheless discovered himself amazed and impressed by Snyder the filmmaker. “He’s that distinctive as a result of he’s is a superb author, to start with,” Hounsou mentioned. “And he’s, after all, the director and likewise the cinematographer and he’s the cameraman as properly. So the spectrum of actually bringing this life [together] it’s unbelievable to see. I imply, the person is tireless. The way in which he approached the work and the truth that he’s embraced every character with our personal little cultural essence… He’s introduced a worldwide forged collectively in a vogue that not often anyone ever does. I imply you may’t be extra numerous than this.”

One other factor that makes Snyder distinctive is his fan base. Snyder is a filmmaker with a really passionate, very vocal fanbase, and Hounsou admits that essence is one thing he felt going into the challenge. “I feel it does affect you a bit of bit,” he mentioned. “That is the person who iconically created a movie referred to as 300. Irrespective of the place you go on the earth, any person has a DVD of that. However I feel if something, it solely enhanced and supported our contributions to creating Insurgent Moon. He’s undoubtedly a filmmaker aside, within the methods he’s holding so many torches as a cinematographer, as a director, as a author, and as a producer as properly. So there’s quite a lot of hats he’s carrying each day. And I discover it extraordinarily commendable with the extent of composure wherein he comes on and off set.”

Whether or not or not Insurgent Moon reaches the success of Hounsou’s different franchises, we could not know for some time. However that Snyder and his world impressed an actor of his expertise and expertise says so much.

Insurgent Moon: Half One – A Youngster of Hearth is now streaming on Netflix.


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