It came as a surprise for Momoa who is now one of the most loved superheroes of DC universe. However, while auditioning for the movie, he was sure that he won't bag the lead role.
Before becoming a part of the DC blockbuster, 'Aquaman' superstar Jason Momoa had no clue that he would end up as the protagonist for the movie. Momoa had no idea that he will be chosen for the lead role and hence thought that he would lose his role to his co-star, Patrick Wilson. Even though fans cannot think of anyone else better than Jason Momoa for the role of 'Aquaman', the 39-year-old himself thought that he would lose his role and rather play a villainous role in the movie, reported Daily Mail.
He said, "When [producer] Zack [Snyder] first told me I'd been cast, I mean, I wish I had a picture of my face because, you know, I can see Patrick [Wilson, who plays Aquaman villain King Orm] being hired for Aquaman. I am the last person you should be hiring for Aquaman! I thought I'd be playing a villain. But when he explained to me, it was just such an honor." He added, “I was just a little bit shocked because I felt like I wasn’t quite wrapping my head around why he had chosen me."
"Aquaman" tops the holiday weekend box office with $51.6 million in North American ticket sales, and "Mary Poppins Returns," topped its opening weekend returns https://t.co/U1g0dP62Zh— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 30, 2018
Meanwhile, Jason also talked about his emotional scene with his mother in the movie, Nicole Kidman. He said, "I think the one where I see my mother for the first time gives you chills. That was a hard scene, even though it doesn't look like it, because you're running up the beach in kill mode to save your woman and then turn around and it's your mother." He continued, "To go from those two different energies was challenging but Nicole [Kidman] just killed it."
He shared further, “In 2019 there’s not a lot of brown, [biracial] superheroes. When I grew up, it would have been freakin' rad if Batman was this color. I’ve been talking to people from Colombia, Argentina, Mexico to Malaysia and Singapore . . . like so many beautiful, diverse places . . . [they] are so excited. A lot of us are very connected to the water and have our own folklore and our own mythology based around the supernatural powers and gods out of water. So it really is cool to be the first to do that [with “Aquaman”] and set that tone", reported The Washington Post.
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Aquaman has amassed over $629 million at the box office, with some expecting and hoping for the movie could very well cross the $1 billion mark worldwide. A recent article shared by Forbes mentions, "I expect it to eventually reach north of $900 million and probably hit $1 billion, off the continued strength of massive foreign totals plus strongholds on both the domestic and international fronts."
The movie has left director James Wan overwhelmed as he did not even imagine that the movie 'Aquaman' will tick all the boxes. With the kind of money and success the movie 'Aquaman' achieved, it wouldn't be wrong to expect its sequel. Wan said, "I mean, liking the people I work with goes a long way. That was the reason why I came back when I did Insidious 2. But it's a weird one for me, because I actually don't know what I want to do next for the first time in my career. I felt like Aquaman ticked a lot of boxes for me", reported ComicBook.
While "Vice" has garnered awards attention for Christian Bale's performance as former vice president Dick Cheney, it only collected $17.7 million at the box office—an underwhelming amount for an adult-oriented drama that cost $60 million to produce https://t.co/tqJunnbNBx— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 31, 2018
He continued, "I want to do another action movie after 'Furious 7', I wanted to do a world creation film, and I wanted to do a superhero movie, and 'Aquaman' literally ticked all of those boxes for me. And so right now, I'm in that sort of place of like do I kind of go back and do a smaller movie maybe as my next one, something a bit more intimate. Or if I can do a personal movie, but maybe it's on a bigger scale. I'm not sure at this point."
Momoa said, “James brought his vision. He's the captain of the ship. He embraced what had already been built [with Snyder] and then put his fingerprint on it.” On the other hand, Wan got very attached with the idea of Momoa playing the role of 'Aquaman' and said, “I could write scenes with [Aquaman] knowing exactly how the character would speak. My writers and I would come up with stuff and it was easy for us because we would go, ‘Oh, you know what, Jason wouldn’t say it like that, he’d say it more like this,’ or he’d do things more like this way, and it actually made the process much easier.”