Djimon Hounsou attends the "How To Train Your Dragon 2" premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France

Djimon Hounsou attends the “How To Train Your Dragon 2” premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2014 in Cannes, France

*Djimon Hounsou voices the dreadlocked, dragon-hunting villain Drago Bludvist in DreamWorks’ animated film “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” and despite the character’s blood-thirsty need to kill, the actor says it has given him new life.

“I feel like I’m young again,” said the 40-year-old actor at a Cannes press conference for the film, due in theaters June 13. “I feel like I’m 20-years-old in the sense that I began my career with Dreamworks, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s studio, with Steven Spielberg directing, and here I am. What an amazing journey. Twenty years later, it went by so fast.”

The first Dreamworks experience for Hounsou was of course 1997’s “Amistad.” His breakout role of captured African Cinque jumpstarted his Hollywood career, which included an Academy Award nomination for the 2002 film “In America” and the 2006 movie “Blood Diamond.”

Drago in "How to Train Your Dragon 2"

Drago Bludvist, voiced by Djimon Hounsou, in “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Below, Hounsou says joining the cast of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” was like “coming home.”