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AQUAMAN, LISA BONET’S HUSBAND, AXE THROWER... THERE’S A LOT OF ANGLES TO THE RUGGED ACTOR.
Jason ‘Aquaman’ Momoa is one undeniable screen presence
Standing six-feet-four and weighing more than 105 kilos, it’s no surprise that Jason Momoa has played a lot of tough hombres in both period pieces and the sci-fi/comic book adaptation realm.
Also known as Mr Lisa Bonet (he married her in 2007 and they have two children together), Momoa’s career is about to go to another level due to his title role in the upcoming Aquaman, due for release next year. It will be Momoa’s third go around as Arthur Curry/aquaman, after playing the role in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and and the soon-to-be-released Justice League.
A mixture of native Hawaiian and native American with German and Irish, Momoa worked as a teenage model after being ‘discovered’ by designer Takeo Kobayashi. It led to a role in TV series Baywatch: Hawaii, then North Shore, and then as Ronon Dex in long-running series Stargate: Atlantis, which made him a firm favourite of the type of guys who go to Comiccon.
It was during the Stargate: Atlantis days that Momoa picked up the distinctive scar on his left eyebrow, after he was glassed in an LA bar during a fight.
Indeed, a love of martial arts and axe-throwing while drinking (check Youtube for his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel) ensure an overall rough-and-tumble persona to go with the rugged appearance.
“As far as getting work, no-one thought I spoke English,” Momoa told Esquire of his early days in LA. “It was absolutely ridiculous. I’d show up at a meeting and they’d be like, ‘Oh my God, you speak English! That’s so cool.”
“[Now], I don’t think a lot of people are calling me to play doctors and lawyers, which is fine with me. I can put a suit on, but I don’t really like to.”