|Djimon Hounsou: The Push Interview|
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During an interview with me last year, Djimon Hounsou prematurely broke the news that he planned to pop the question to his girlfriend, Kimora Lee Simmons. The casual comment might have landed the Benin-born actor in a little hot water because the model-turned-fashion magnate wasn’t yet divorced from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. That might explain why Djimon remained button-lipped about the rumor currently circulating in the tabloids that Kimora is now expecting their first child.
Despite my polite prodding about the pregnancy, the two-time Oscar-nominated actor (for Blood Diamond and In America) with the help of his publicists directed the focus of this tete-a-tete back to his new movie, Push. The riveting flick is a harrowing mindbender which successfully blends elements of X-Men, The Matrix and Memento while adding some of its own unique sci-fi flava.
Set in Hong Kong, it revolves around a group of psychic American expatriates on the run from a U.S. government agency seeking to harness their superpowers for its own nefarious purposes. The film co-stars Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle and Chris Evans.
FYI, besides making movies, Djimon is famous for parading his hot chocolate bod in tightie-whities as the pitchman for Calvin Klein underwear.
KW: Hey Djimon, thanks again for the time.
DH: My pleasure, man. How is your son doing?
KW: Very well. Thanks for asking. He’s a sophomore at Princeton.
DH: That’s cool. I remember the first time we talked he was still in junior high school and he knew so much about my country. And not too many people know about Benin.
KW: Yeah he had done a project about it in grammar school.
DH: Tell him I said, “Hi!” and I wish him well and a very successful year, and that I hope all his wishes will come true.
KW: Well, what about you? I understand congratulations are in order for you and Kimora.
DH: [Hesitates] Well, er…
KW: Are you free to talk about it?
DH: Not really.
KW: The rumor’s flying all over the place. You gotta give me something for my readers.
DH: [Sings] There’s a lot of love in the air! [Laughs]
KW: The headline for my last interview with you was: “Djimon Announces Plans to Pop the Question.” I had no idea that she wasn’t divorced yet.
KW: Let me ask you this. If Kimora were pregnant, do the two of you have any names picked out for the baby?
DH: Shhhhh! Sorry, I have a group of nervous publicists behind me shaking their heads saying that question’s a no-no. But we’ll tackle it another time.
KW: Can you tell me when you’re going to pop the question?
DH: [Hesitates] Hmmm… sometime soon. I mean, it’s been done already, in a different fashion.
KW: Congrats! Okay, let’s talk about Push. What interested you in making this movie? It reminded me of a mix of X-Men, The Matrix, Memento and a movie you were in, The Island.
DH: Yes! And also Constantine. The premise is obviously the one thing that’s bringing all those references you mentioned together. And it was probably that same thing that attracted me to the project, the signs of an occult world that we don’t seem to grasp or comprehend at all.