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Hounsou: Dragon role made me sweat

Djimon Hounsou has said animated films can be tough physical work
Djimon Hounsou has said animated films can be tough physical work

Djimon Hounsou has said that his voice part in How To Train Your Dragon 2 was sweaty work, despite not appearing on screen.

The Gladiator actor voices Drago Bludvist in the animated film, but said that just because he didn't appear on camera, didn't make the role less physically demanding.

He said: "The first time I got there, I'd been testing the voice for Drago and I came in and I said to Dean (DeBlois, director) give me a second, let me get my voice at the right place, at the right tone. I had to do a little bit of yelling here and there.

"Within five minutes I was drenched, I mean completely soaking wet, I mean so charged. As clinical as it may seem, it's still very animated and still very active while you're just reading lines and standing there."

Djimon said that the film had been his first experience of making an animated film and took some getting used to: "Sometimes it feels a little bit awkward, you by yourself shouting and saying things. But at the same time you still have to make it organic... The process seems a little clinical if you will, but it certainly was a great experience making this."

He also went on to explain how he had come up with the voice for his character: "The first time there was nothing to see, necessarily. But you try to visually have an understanding of who Drago is and try to get the voice attributes somewhere to a level that's suitable for Drago.

"Evidently, once you see the image and see Drago later, you tend to want to go back again and do the voice again, and then you see the scenes, or you see the film, and you think to yourself, 'Well hang on a second, no I want to go back and I feel differently about the delivery of these scenes.' So it would seem quite clinical at first.

"I keep going back and I'm still saying, 'Once I see the finished product, I might want to go back and do it all again'."

How To Train Your Dragon 2 is in cinemas now.

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