MAN TO WATCH

AQUA­MAN, LISA BONET’S HUS­BAND, AXE THROWER... THERE’S A LOT OF AN­GLES TO THE RUGGED AC­TOR.

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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.”

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