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Djimon Hounsou on fatherhood and ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou take photos with their son Kenzo at the 2011 Toyota Grand Prix Celebrity Race in Long Beach, CA

Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2 has opened to widespread critical acclaim and great box office returns. The animated feature reunites the principal cast from the first film and several new additions, including veteran actor Djimon Hounsou. Hounsou plays the villainous Drago Bludvist, a dragon hunter; and he says that he was drawn to the project’s themes of young people triumphing in less-than-ideal circumstances.

“The theme that runs through that film is sort of the same issues that most of us have nowadays,” Hounsou tells rolling out. “Growing up in such a fast society where you may not have a father to grow up with or mother to grow up with, but you still have to make the best out of whatever the situation might be, I think it deals with that — and diversity amongst people and animals. It’s beautiful.”

One of Hounsou’s most notable early roles was also a Dreamworks’ project, the critically acclaimed historical epic Amistad, and he acknowledges how his career has come full circle. “I feel like I’m 20 years old, since this is my 20-year anniversary!” he says with a laugh. “I started a couple of years after they announced the opening of the studio.”

A lot has changed, most notably, Hounsou is a dad now, and his son, Kenzo, accompanied him for much of his recording on How to Train Your Dragon 2. “Kenzo was with me many times when I went to record this in the studio,” he shares. “I was going to the Cannes Film Festival for the presentation of How to Train … I couldn’t tell him I was going there and not take him to see it. He was interested and wondering what the process is really like, making an animated feature. He saw the first one and wanted to see the second one.”

The familial elements of the story resonated deeply with Hounsou and he related how they could help young kids like his own son. Hounsou and Kenzo’s mom, model and entrepreneur Kimora Lee Simmons, have not been together for two years, but they have been able to make their non-traditional family structure work.

“He’s only 5 years old,” the actor states. “He knows his mom and I have been separated; but I think for any kids looking at [the movie], it’s quite nice to know that you can grow up in such a diverse environment and still be well-balanced.”


  1. cupcake baby on June 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    ummohhhummoh… kimora is stupid for losing this one , such a humble man ,he musta threat to slapp her mouth shut lol!! and she fleed to a white man this time , trust me something happen to cause her to choose white cause she love , hip hop , the black culture and black men way to much , and money was not the motive she has more than dijmonsu .. that little boy looks spoiled rotten . he never laughts and always look like he want to cry or fight lol …. great to see his dad with him spending time that is the image that stabbs racist red necks in the neck they always trying to prove black boys have no father figure .so when they go scanning around on the net ,and find these photos they become IGNORANT ! for believe blacks all have dramatic dead beat dads . my father was not around by choice . but i truely believe things have changed for black americans in the last 30 years , you see more black fathers raising kids alone also . which is great why should the mother bethe only choice in raising the kids ? you almost never see this in the white race unless the man is gay , or the mother died . , so the idea of raising children alone has always been a plague on our black society ,and no other race . do you see any chinese single dads or moms? mexican? arabic ? no its just our race leaving one parent to raise kids . the mother is usually a crack head or a air head with no morals . and the courst decide to give the kids to the father . they have a test now in custody issues that if you dont pass it you dont get the kids . period . that is how usher and dwade and steve harvey got their children the mothers showed signs of narcassitic , paranoid , and combative behavior . so the kids were given to the dads .

    so lets just be glad for fathers like dijmon who is good . kimora is ok ..a little insane and hella greedy but still good with her kids

  2. BevWadevob on June 18, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Jacqueline implied I’m taken by surprise that a mom can earn $8130 in 1 month
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