The proud father reveals snaps from his son's Avengers party which included one famous superhero that he reveals plays a vital role in imparting an important message to his son.
Djimon Hounsou is a proud father who recently gushed about his son Kenzo as he shared party photos celebrating his boy’s 9th birthday.
The theme was superheroes and Djimon made sure Wakanda’s Black Panther was represented along with the rest of the Avengers superheroes that graced his son’s milestone event.
In snaps and clips the 54-year-old actor shared, he revealed his son’s happiness standing alongside Captain America, Wonder Woman, Spider Man, the Black Panther and of course his superhero dad.
Marking the occasion, Djimon greeted Kenzo with messages of love both in English and in French, his native language.
“Happy 9th birthday to my brilliant and kind loving boy. Merci beaucoup”
“a 9ans bonne anniversaire #wakanda party! merci beaucoup”
He also tagged Kenzo’s mother Kimora Lee Simmons in his posts and even shared his ex-girlfriend’s own birthday post for their son.
Kenzo loves superheroes which is probably why he invited them as guests to his party. In the past, Djimon revealed how heartbroken he felt when his son told him he wished he was born with lighter skin so he’d look more like his favorite superhero.
Speaking to The Guardian ahead of the DVD release of his film ‘The Legend of Tarzan’, the actor and former model expressed his happiness at finding out the ‘Black Panther’ project was then in the works which would feature the superhero as black. He said,
“It’s about time! It’s absolutely great news to have a hero that black folks can identify with.”
This prompted him to open up about his heartache over his son’s wish to be light-skinned so he could emulate his favorite superheroes. He recounted,
“Could you imagine my misfortune when my son told me, ‘I want to be light-skinned so I can climb the walls like Spider-Man’ – just because he has seen Spider-Man and Batman and all these superheroes who were all white. The minute he said it, I was like, damn. My whole self was shattered. I was like, ‘wow, what sort of comeback do you have for this?’ It’s important to recognize yourself.”
Djimon voiced the now famous black superhero for a TV cartoon but unfortunately did not get the film role that eventually went to Chadwick Boseman. Asked if he was disappointed to have lost the part, he said,
“There are things that you hope to get and obviously everyone was talking about who would get the role and he was lucky to get it. It was not something that was mine that I’m losing.”
The actor may not be Black Panther, but he sure is a superhero in his son’s eyes and that’s all that should really matter.