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DJIMON HOUNSON portrays Cinque, the leader of the Africans' rebellion against their captors. The part of Cinque in "Amistad" marks Hounsou's first film starring role. He more recently completed work on the upcoming feature "Deep Rising," due out in early 1998.

A native of Benin, West Africa, Hounsou moved to Paris at the age of 13 to get a better education. When he was 22, he was discovered by fashion designer Thierry Mughler who enlisted him for several designer campaigns as well as his book Thierry Mughler's Photographs.

He was subsequently spotted by director David Fincher, who cast him in three music videos: Steve Winwood's "Roll With It," Madonna's "Express Yourself" and Paula Abdul's "Straight Up." He also worked with Herb Ritts on the noted photography book Men and Women, as well as Janet Jackson's video "Love Will Never Do Without You."

In 1990, Hounsou came to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He had a small role in the thriller "Unlawful Entry" and was also seen in the science fiction hit "StarGate," directed by Roland Emmerich.


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