Djimon Hounsou, who appears in the upcoming movie "Shazam! Fury of the Gods," received two Academy Award nominations; however, he has confessed that he had a tough time breaking into the film industry.
Despite receiving Academy Award nominations for his performances in "In America" (2002) and "Blood Diamond" (2006), Djimon Hounsou, who portrays The Wizard in "Shazam! Fury of the Gods," has revealed that he has often felt underestimated in Hollywood.
The DC actor shared that despite his accomplishments, he has frequently felt overlooked and undervalued in the industry, leaving him feeling "seriously cheated."
"I felt seriously cheated," he revealed during an interview with The Guardian.
"Today, we talk so much about the Oscars being so white, but I remember there was a time where I had no support at all: no support from my own people, no support from the media, from the industry itself."
"It felt like: 'You should be happy that you've got nominated,' and that's that."
In addition to portraying Korath the Pursuer in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hounsou has disclosed that he still struggles to sustain himself in the entertainment industry.
"I'm still struggling to try to make a dollar!" he stated.
"I've come up in the business with some people who are absolutely well off and have very little of my accolades. So I feel cheated, tremendously cheated, in terms of finances and in terms of the workload as well."
Nevertheless, the actor affirmed that his reputation in Hollywood is gradually improving.
"From time to time, they themselves make the point of saying: 'We should give him more, he's a little under appreciated.' I think they recognize that themselves," Hounsou continued. "Hey, it's the struggle I have to overcome!"
Hounsou's remarks come after Ke Huy Quan's groundbreaking win at the Oscars last week.
Quan, who stars in the movie "Everything Everywhere All at Once," won the Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of Waymond Wang, delivering a moving acceptance speech reflecting on his difficulties in the industry.
After his breakthrough performance in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" as a child actor, Quan struggled to find new and captivating roles.
During his acceptance speech, the actor urged everyone not to give up on their aspirations and expressed gratitude towards his wife, Echo, who supported him during the most challenging periods of his career.
"I owe everything to the love of my life, my wife Echo, who month after month, year after year for 20 years told me that one day, my time will come. Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine," Quan shared.