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Hounsou related to 'In America' theme

NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- West African actor Djimon Hounsou said in New York he could relate to the theme of immigration in his latest film "In America."

Hounsou was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar earlier this week for his portrayal of a dying artist who befriends a family of Irish immigrants in Jim Sheridan's autobiographical film.

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Asked his initial reaction to the Oscar-nominated script Sheridan and his daughters wrote, Hounsou replied: "I was like, 'Talking about America and going to live the American dream? Yes!' It hit right home."

"Because that's what I came here to do," Hounsou told reporters recently. "And I'd say that's the reason why I'm here in front of you. Obviously, I got lucky down the line. Yes."

A former model, Hounsou is best-known for his performances in "Amistad" and "Gladiator."

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