Jason Momoa wasn’t necessarily the first person many fans would have gone to to bring Aquaman to life. After all, the character was portrayed as a white, blonde dude in the comics. Though while many of us have plenty of problems with Justice League, Aquaman wasn’t a huge problem for a lot of people (though you’ll get plenty of people poking fun at Momoa’s delivery of lines like “Ye-ah!” and “All right!”).
Given that the actor already has some experience in the area of playing Aquaman, were there any real difficulties with him taking on this role again for the standalone film directed by James Wan? It turns out, yes, there were some difficulties. Apparently, during some key scenes, Momoa had a tendency to channel a bit too much Khal Drogo, his character from Game of Thrones.
Here’s what Wan told CinemaBlend:
“Jason will always say that I took him out of his comfort zone because that’s not what he’s known for. There were a few moments when I was directing him that I said, ‘Jason, you’re playing this a bit too angry,’ and he’d look at me and say, ‘James this is what they paid me money to do! Khal Drogo! That’s why they paid me.’ I’d say ‘Great, that’s good for Khal Drogo. We’re creating a very different character here, and there will be very many moments in the movie where you’ll be able to be really tough, but in this moment I want to see more of that light-hearted goofiness from you that is gonna service the movie well.'”
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And speaking of lighthearted goofiness, you may notice them leaning more into that aspect than what we saw in Justice League, and that wasn’t by accident:
“I knew I didn’t necessarily want to make the whole movie with where his character left off in Justice League. I think that might be too heavy to just follow a guy who’s just kind of you know… just that heaviness of it. When I first met Jason, I was kind of blown away by how funny he was and how charismatic he is in person like, ‘Dude, I wanna bring that into the screen. I wanna see more of you, see more of your own personality in the movie,’ and that’s what we did. I went back to my writers and we would do things and shape the script.”
So, if we’re reading that correctly, it sounds an awful lot like this updated take on Aquaman will bring in Momoa’s personality more than ever before, which makes me happy. Whenever actors’ personalities are incorporated into a role, there tends to be an extra air of credibility to the performances. I hope this is is no exception.
What do you think of Momoa’s comments? I’m actually a bit surprised Wan revealed this inherent weakness in Momoa’s acting, and hope he was able to work around an actor who had gotten comfortable being that guy who can put on an angry face. Let us know your own thoughts down below!
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