‘The King’s Man’ Star Djimon Hounsou Says Working With Ralph Fiennes Was Like ‘Being A Student Watching The Professor’

Djimon Hounsou: Working With Ralph Fiennes Was Like 'Being A Student'


  • Two-time Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou stars in The King’s Man, the upcoming prequel in the Kingsman franchise.
  • Hounsou works quite closely with fellow Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes very closely throughout the film.
  • Speaking to our Post Credit Podcast, Hounsou said working with Fiennes was like taking part in an acting masterclass.

Djimon Hounsou, for the entirety of his career, has been one of those actors who immediately elevates the quality of the project he’s in. Whenever he pops up in something, you’ll likely find yourself thinking something along the lines of, “Oh, this dude is in this?! Hell yes.”

That remains the case in Hounsou’s latest film, The King’s Man, which hit theaters in the United States on December 22. Hounsou stars in the film as Shola, the trusted right-hand man of Ralph Fiennes’ Orlando Oxford, and as a result, shares a bevy of scenes — both of the dramatic and action variety — with the legendary performer. Hounsou, of course, is a wildly accomplished actor in his own right, as the 58-year-old has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor during his excellent career.

In an interview with our Post Credit Podcast, we asked Hounsou about his experience with working with Fiennes and if sharing scenes with actors of his stature helps him to raise his game. Hounsou unequivocally confirmed that yes, of course working with such talented people helps him improve his own acting game.

“Of course, It enhances everything you do, as well. You’re in a masterclass,” Hounsou told BroBible’s Post Credit Podcast. “Almost like a student watching the professor at work. It elevates the playing field, for sure.”

“And a performer, do you look forward more to the dramactic scenes versus the fight scenes?” we asked. “Or is it all one in the same for you?”

“I think it’s one in the same. The action is another set of drama,” Hounsou replied. “It’s anothe stage of drama.”

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Starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance, The King’s Man will hit theaters in the United States on Wednesday, December 22.

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