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The Island, the big-budget action flick directed by

Michael Bay, had blockbuster written all over it, but finicky moviegoers decide to skip the flick in favor of a certain candy man and some wedding crashers. To date, the film has grossed only $30 million, but we doubt that will keep one of its supporting stars,

Djimon Hounsou, down for long. The 41-year-old actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for 2002's In America, tells that he's already got his next role in his sights. Since you usually tend to do quieter, indie kind of movies, were you skeptical about starring in an action film like The Island?
Djimon Hounsou:
No, there's nothing wrong necessarily with being in a big action movie if you can be a part of great stories where your character has great arcs. There's nothing, absolutely nothing wrong with a picture of that nature. More of the world sees it than any of the indie films I've done so far. In other words, it's quite important for your career. So are you trying to become a household name?
ounsou: You have to be somewhat productive in the field, in acting. It's like [being] an artist: a painter has to sell more paintings to make a living and paint to nurture his soul, to do what he loves. What are you working on now?
I'm shooting a film called Eragon in Eastern Europe. It's a fantasy; a kid [20-year-old Christopher Paolini] wrote this book. There is buzz that Eragon could be the next Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings.
I will be playing [a] warrior. It's going to be fun. Anything else on your radar?
There's something else that I'm crossing my fingers on and I can't really say much about because it's with a great, great, talented young actor — [Leonardo] DiCaprio, who has so much talent for a young man, he just surprises you. You'd think he'd just keep playing clinical roles, just keep looking good, but he takes risks. A lot of people loved you on ER [in the recurring role of Mobalage]. Is there any chance you'll ever reprise that character again?
Possibly. Are there any TV dramas that you watch now?
No, I haven't really had the time, being always on the go. I like making the time to really study for my character, so when it comes time to watch anything, it's too late. What do you do to relax?
One of my favorite things to do is to ride my motorcycle, and just go on a long ride to just empty myself out. It's very therapeutic.