And Hounsou had no problem following the commands of Helen Mirren's wizardly Prospera. "When I asked Djimon how he was going to feel about Helen, a small, older white woman, playing Prospera and controlling his Caliban with a staff, he said he understood that she had the magic, she had the power, and that her power was in the staff. Just look at all the kings and leaders in Africa, he told me, every one of them holds a staff. He's a very smart guy and he understands that a force like magic must be reckoned with if the culture believes in that force. It motivates people because it touches some inner psyche that has more power than their physical being. And I think Shakespeare knew about that. Women were burned at the stake for witchcraft. It's not ho ho ho, Harry Potter. It's something much more serious."