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ETALK – In case you missed it, Jason Momoa is a bit of a big deal right now between his successful TV show Frontier and a little low-budget superhero film, Aquaman, in which he plays the titular character. He sat down with etalk at Fan Expo in Toronto this weekend and shared his excitement with these two huge projects.
“The big thing [about Aquaman] is that James [Wan] just made a world that we’ve never seen before,” Momoa said of the positive response to the trailer, “That in itself and the story was just great from the get-go – he really made a great script and I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty f—ing good in it.
“I mean, my wife tells me to be humble, but I think I did a good job.”
Speaking of his boo, Momoa had some great things to say about wife and actress Lisa Bonet.
“I don’t want to share too much, but she’s kind of right about everything,” he said, “She’s just super intelligent, smart and just—she’s a queen in every way and I’m kind of her big dumb animal.”
Queens are kind of a theme for Momoa. He also talked about his experience filming with Academy Award queen Nicole Kidman. In the film, Kidman plays Aquaman’s mother and queen of Atlantis, Queen Atlanna.
“Hands down one of the greatest acting experiences of my life was with Nicole,” he said, “The moment where you meet your mother for the first time – the queen – and she’s unbelievable. I mean, that’s why she’s an Academy Award winner … I think she should keep up this acting thing. Mom’s pretty good.”
Momoa also talked the new season of Frontier. He’s excited about Aquaman, but the TV show is his baby and he’s producing, stunt producing, directing, writing and starring in this next season. He described taking a cast and crew of only ten people to remote locations in Newfoundland to film scenes – something that’s virtually impossible on a production as big as Aquaman.
“I’m super proud of Aquaman … but my heart and soul is, you know, I bled for Frontier,” he said, “The places I went with ten people and what I shot – it’s extremely cool for me to take a very small show that’s based in Canada and launch that while this little small movie does really well.”
Despite everything looking up Jason, the star is staying (mostly) humble like his wife told him to.
“It’s ebb and flow and right now it’s on the up … and right now it’s very positive and I’m just delighted to be directing and sharing Frontier which I’m super pumped about.”
IndieWire – His days of playing Khal Drogo long behind him, Jason Momoa has moved on to a different kind of fantasy: “Aquaman,” the latest in the beleaguered DC Extended Universe. The first movie in that franchise since “Justice League” failed to live up to expectations shines a spotlight on the oceanic superhero of the title, who must choose between his watery roots and the landlubbin’ way of live he’s gotten used to. Watch a new extended trailer below.
Known on land as Arthur Curry, the hero in question is a half-human, half-Atlantean fellow born of a lighthouse keeper and a mermaid who’s drawn back to the family kingdom against his will. Though he didn’t ask for these royal duties, one imagines ol’ Aquaman will find it within him to rise to the occasion and ascend to the throne he was born to sit on — even as he’s pursued by Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).
Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, and Dolph Lundgren all co-star. James Wan directed the film, his first outside the “Insidious” and “The Conjuring” franchises in more than a decade. Warner Bros. will release “Aquaman” on December 21.
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VARIETY – Warner Bros. is taking the DC Extended Universe underwater with the release of the upcoming “Aquaman,” starring “Game of Thrones” alum Jason Momoa.
Directed by James Wan, Momoa stars as Arthur Curry, a half-human, half-Atlantean man caught between two worlds. The son of Atlantean royalty and heir to the ocean throne, Aquaman’s allegiance is tested when his half-brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson), prepares to unite the seven kingdoms and wage war against the surface dwellers that threaten the oceans.
Amber Heard also stars as Mera, the daughter and future queen of the Xebel, an Atlantean tribe headed up by King Nereus, played by Dolph Lundgren. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will portray Black Manta, a ruthless mercenary treasure hunter and Aquaman’s greatest foe.
Aquaman has the ability to control the tides, communicate with other sea life, swim at supersonic speeds, and possess superhuman strength. It seems almost unfair to the bad guys that he gets a trident and scale armor to top it all off.
The film, which also stars Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman, swims into theaters on Dec. 21.
EW – The Aquaman trailer is coming Saturday and star Jason Momoa is getting into character to make sure you know about it.
Here’s a video shot by the former Game of Thrones star teasing the release and then leaping off a cliff in his native Hawaii. Bonus: Turtles!
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The trailer for director James Wan’s standalone film chronicling Arthur Curry will be revealed at the DC panel at Comic-Con on Saturday.
EW – Jason Momoa rolls up on his motorcycle to a cafe in the Hollywood Hills to talk Aquaman. The 6’4″ actor strides in looking like an action figure come to life, ready to give his first deep-dive interview on the biggest project of his career: Top-lining a standalone DC superhero adventure chronicling a character that’s long been considered the toughest to pull off in the whole comic universe. Below, the 38-year-old actor details his audition process, the superhero parts he didn’t get, his personal connection to Arthur Curry, his quibbles about Justice League, the new film’s production challenges, and his goals for the future. You think you know Momoa from his roles so far? You might be surprised.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So, director James Wan showed me about 15 minutes of Aquaman…
JASON MOMOA: Cool, right? Black Manta looks great. Yahya [Abdul-Mateen II] killed it, so happy.
It does look great.
Were you a little bit surprised?
I had confidence because of James. And I was glad to see a lot of your humor in it.
I was too. It’s tough because you’re going from one filmmaker, Zack [Synder], who gave birth to it, to another. The new director has to be able to build a whole new world and set the tone. And James let me do silly stuff. He’d encourage me to be more goofy and then I’d watch [scenes during post-production] and I was like, “Holy s—, he kept that in!” I did a lot of stuff that I didn’t think he was going to keep.
I was thinking when you walked in there are actors can just put on a hat or sunglasses and no one recognizes them. You can’t go anywhere without people knowing who you are. Is that annoying?
Yeah, it’s fine. It’s part of the job, man. When people like you and think you did a good job on something, you deal with it. I embrace it and don’t try to hide. I’d probably make it worse to wear some silly hat. As long as they stay away from my children I’m a pretty nice guy. I don’t like my kids seeing me that way. So I try not to be rude, but…
James told me about how when you were growing up in Iowa, that your experiences there helped you relate to what he wanted to do with half-human and half-Atlantian Aquaman.
One hundred percent. I grew up in the Bridges of Madison County area, like one county over. I graduated with maybe 100 kids, all very much the same. I stood out. I didn’t kind of do the same stuff. I was a bit of a skateboarder, and I started rock climbing. I love Iowa, but I just didn’t fit in. If you’re a Hawaiian kid in Iowa, you’re kind of a fish out of water. Then I went back to Hawaii and I got ostracized there too. I loved both, but just made my own path. So I think it’s easy to relate with Arthur Curry, not really being accepted here and not really being accepted there. I definitely got bullied, but it was—